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Confessions of a Fungi Hunter (freeform poetry & video)

I don’t know their names
but I know where they live
and I know when they come out to play
usually on a sunny day
when the rain
has gone away…

Down on my knees
I look under trees, logs and leaves on the ground
they don’t make a sound
hoping they won’t be found
playing hide and seek
sometimes they peek
count to ten, I see their face
easy to spy
for my eagle eye
camera in hand I hasten my pace
to capture it’s colour, it’s beauty and grace
not all are so pretty
many ooze gunk
powder explodes
and all sorts of funk
fungi for me is like finding gold
and the thrill of the hunt never grows old
a trophy of nature
to look at
not hold

I love hunting fungi, yesterday and today were ideal conditions and I found many types around my property. I thought I’d share some of my Fungi Hunt photographs in a YouTube video I made, so if you have 3 minutes to spare, have a look at the wonderful world of fungi hunting at my place AND one of the biggest mushrooms I’ve ever seen…

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 1 year ago

    Love your poem Vanessa….and WOW!….That is one HUGE Mushroom!!! And a gorgeous one too!! Awesome find!

  • Thanks so much for enjoying it all Ginny, I haven’t written for a while or made a you tube vid so enjoyed creating all this, many thanks again mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • PS: Finding that huge mushroom was like finding the pot of gold! lol

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • AngelaHumphries
    AngelaHumphriesover 1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this Vanessa. Thoroughly enjoyed. Love your poem. I’m very impressed indeed.

  • Thanks so much Ang, great to know you enjoyed my poem and video, thanks mate! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 1 year ago

    LOVE it…going to YouTube to ThumbsUp it!

  • Yay thanks so much Carla, I’m thrilled you saw and appreciated it AND thumbs up it!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    wow Vanessa! I have no time to read and check video this morning but I see the size of that beast. wow! I will check back tomorrow for sure ;)

  • Thanks so much Manon for your interest, much appreciated, it sure was a great surprise! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 1 year ago

    I once found a pot of gold on the side of a back road I take into town. A HUGE mushroom! Not quite as big as yours though. I should have thought of putting my hand next to it. You are a clever girl. :))

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago


    beautiful work .. many congrats on your well deserved feature

  • Wow, so pleased you noticed, thank you so much! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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