Sunday, September 24, 2006

Magic smoke

It's raining again. It's been raining for weeks. First the grass turned green, then it became uncharacteristically lush. Then the mushrooms came, popping up here and there where ancient oaks once stood. I didn't take much notice. Most were unremarkable, stocky little fellows.

But under the hickory tree there appeared a strange little cloud of smoke that proved to be a stand of impossibly fragile, translucent gray ghosts. Their wispy, cellophane stems bore caps, about half an inch across, that did not seem to have a solid skin on top; the gills appeared to go all the way through, made of nothing more than mist. Fully open and flat, they glowed silver in the grass like fairy coins by moonlight. They lasted only a few hours and vanished completely, as fairy coins will.

I love the rain.

1 comment:

Bon & Mal Mott said...

Beautiful, Vicki. Sorry we missed this; changenotes is not timely, and I haven't felt well enough to journal-jog. You do provide a lovely description.

Bonnie and Walt