The Enchanted Wood
This is my first time photographing mushrooms. The woods near where I live is a treasure trove of toadstool charm this time of the year. For me, it’s the season of enchantment. I was down on all fours creeping about the forest getting up close and personal with these beauties.
The woods is transformed into a magical place and I am filled with an incredible sense of pleasure when I see these delightfully rotund red knobs. There’s just something about a fat, squat toadstool that makes me want to smile.
Growing up on an almost exclusive diet of Enid Blyton as a child in Malaysia, my world was one infused with pixies, fairies, goblins and brownies who made their cosy little homes in these very toadstools.
Even today, I still get a pang of wistful reverie and childish excitement each time autumn rolls around and these little funny, fleshy fungi flourish all across the rich, damp earth of the forest floor.
Enid Blyton, thank you for firing up the imagination of one little Chinese girl so very long ago and starting her on that wonderful journey of becoming a lifelong bookworm. And to all wide-eyed wanderers out there…may the magic always live on.
This is amazing photography. I absolutely LOVE the photos. Such vibrant colors and you’ve taken them from such interesting angles. More please! Makes me want to come over to Finland with all my photographic gear. An enchanted forest indeed.
Love your blog! Love you being open, vulnerable and real. You’re an inspiration.
Lots of love,
Your bro Jonathan
I’m actually giddy with delight at how these photos turned out and so pleased to get the thumbs up from the grand master himself!! Absolutely grinning like a chipmunk now!
lovely lovely photos Sandy! Definitely fired up my Enid Blyton imagination again! When I was young, I used to imagine toadstools in my garden, then I’d walk around them..and hope I’d disappear into the magical world somewhere.. 🙂
Thank you Martha! Mushrooms are lovely things aren’t they?! And oh we sound so alike. As a kid I spent years with my head bowed down fervently searching for wishing stones so I could wish myself into the magical world of the Faraway Tree! 😀 I actually think Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood series could be made into epic movies today!
HI. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award, please come and take a look when you get a chance.
Dear Renee! You sure know how to spread the joy! Thank you so much for taking the time to look through some of my older posts and thank you for this beautiful gesture. Always, Sharon xx
p.s. It might take a while for me to post all the awards up because there are just so many beautiful blogs out there!
HI Sharon. YOU are most welcome. No worries as it is time consuming working with the awards and one can only do what they can… Have a super day. hugz, Renee 🙂
Beautiful pictures. I also love the little stories.
Thank you so much for visiting my past posts! I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Have a great day! Sharon
Hi Sharon! I’ve got some Irish in me – so these toadstool pictures brought me direct to the land of faerie… Lovely lovely photographs! I’ve only recently discovered how much more life can be brought to my own pictures just by getting down on my tummy.
Thank you for this wonderful compliment because coming from you, it means a lot. I love your photographs and the mood you create with each of them. Gaelic heritage – how very awesome! Here’s to seeing life down on all fours (err, you know what I mean!) 😀 Hugs, Shaz
Right backatcha darlin! 😀
Love these wild mushrooms, beautiful photos Sharon. I sometimes collect some and make a good stew or soup. None of these though.
Do you collect mushrooms? It`s fun 🙂
Thank you for checking out my older post and one of my favourites! 😀 I love mushrooms of all kinds and toadstools always fill me with a certain kind of magic. I would so much love to forage for forest mushrooms but I have not dared to even with a book guide with me simply because I can’t tell apart the safe ones and the poisonous ones! Some of them look just the same to my untrained eye! Unless I go with someone who knows, I usually just look at them and walk away (sadly) Any tips? Maybe when the season is right, you could do a segment on safe mushrooms with photos and detailed information for folks like me! And recipe too please! My all time favourite soup is mushroom soup! So good to hear from you neighbour! Sharon
Yes, many thanks to Enid Blyton too! (from another Chinese girl who grew up in a Singaporean kampung and is currently residing in Malaysia because there is hardly any kampung left in Singapore.)