Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Transforming "Spiritual Warfare": Day 5 (Oklahoma)

Mesocyclone near Guymon Oklahoma May 2007 (photo credit unknown, found here)

Years ago, a friend of mine told me about a magickal technique to rid yourself of someone annoying. The process was simple: as they prattle on to you about this-or-that, think of something hazy or vacuous like clouds or marshmallow fluff. This method can be quite confounding to the speaker & unless they are blindly & hopelessly narcissistic, they will lose their train of thought, grow weary of trying to talk to you & leave you in peace. 

Confusion: a gentle way to deter the intent of another.

Morel mushrooms are masters of obfuscation. While they are often saprophytic, they can also be mycorrhizal (symbiotic with trees) which alone is a bit of an oddity. Add to this the fact that scientists have always been unclear about this group of mushrooms; are there only 3-5 species or closer to 50? Newer evidence suggests that there are 16 "DNA-defined" morels but there are also some not DNA-defined "morels." Adding to the conundrum is the fact that the lot of them cannot actually be identified using conventional key factors (i.e., physical, ecological, geographic info.) & that what we consider "morels" are not necessarily as closely related to each other as we might think. Are you confused yet? (If you are really ambitious, see a more detailed & eloquent explanation here: DNA Morels Versus Morphological Morels.)  
So, what are morels? Confounding. 

Today, let us envision muddied clouds, marshmallows & morels... over Oklahoma.


Anonymous said...

Morels are not confounding! They are absolutely yummy! Matters not to my tastebuds whether they are genetic or morphological.

Moma Fauna said...

Well... I must confess, I am more of a bolete girl myself. (Of course, they can be confounding too.) ;)

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