|Nocturn. Night scene painting from the Ozarks in Missouri, by Frank Nuderscher. Courtesy WikiCommons.|
|Blog image by SolStock of Deviant Art.|
In addition to enchanting waterways, there are other reasons to want to be in Missouri, the fungi being up there near the top of my personal list. If you have the time & inclination, please visit this Missouri Fungi Flickr Group page. Just scroll down & down & down, feasting your eyes on the best overall collection of fungi photographs I have seen on the internet thus far. Hands down.
While scrolling & scrolling & scrolling through the aforementioned gallery, I took note that there was an abundance of black cup fungi (& other vessel-shaped sable specimens) in the collection. Very nice. I am fond of black jelly cups -- when you gaze into them, they are dark, velvety, rich & mysterious -- just like those Missouri waters.
The cauldron -- a symbol of water, transformation & regeneration, a sacred source of healing & inspiration -- can be found everywhere.
Little black cups
scattered across the rich Missouri soil,
Little black cauldrons of change
stippling the forests' debris.
brimming with mystery.
Wellsprings of the saprophyte's secret,
won't you attend to my call?
Take leave from your alchemical works
for another needful transmutation:
hate/bigotry/oppression ∆ pure love
May Love & Liberty Prevail, in Missouri.