Colors abound

While many have returned home after a stellar Columbus Day weekend in the New Hampshire mountains those of us who have the joy of working here continue to marvel at the brillant colors this year. The state of New Hampshire is still predicting peak foliage conditions for another weekend to come. But colorful foliage is not all you can see on a hike through the woods. Fall is also mushroom season. The forest is veritably blooming with these decomposers. Giant bookshelves hang off of dead tree trunks, the shelf fungi; neon orange goop seems splashed onto rotten logs, a slime mold called Witch’s Butter; clouds of smoke jet from golf balls on the forest floor, the puffball mushrooms. There’s a world of color, texture, and strangeness available to all who wander and wonder through.