Fruits of the Foray

    Amanita muscaria, or the fly agaric, is found in the pine forests of the Rocky Mountains. Its characteristic red top with white speckles would seem to make it easy to find. In fact, one particular specimen had escaped notice of a small crew of experienced mycophiles that had combed an area called Lizard Head Point. Trailing the group, a relative novice, having as a goal only finding his first amanita, made the discovery . It confirmed a theory of mycologist Andrew Weil, who said that you don't so much find mushrooms as they reveal themselves to you.

Last updated September 19, 1995
Author: dpd