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Wild mushroomer goes ornamental over Christmas

For Metaline Falls mycologist Drew Parker, Christmas is the season to reflect on the Return of the Fungi on his Christmas tree. (Drew Parker)
For Metaline Falls mycologist Drew Parker, Christmas is the season to reflect on the Return of the Fungi on his Christmas tree. (Drew Parker)

WILD EDIBLES -- For Metaline Falls mycologist Drew Parker, Christmas is the season to reflect on the Return of the Fungi, as you can see in the photo above.

Meantime, would you be shocked to discover that the secular tradition of Santa Claus and the flying reindeer was based on consumption of psychedelic fungi, the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)?  Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service scientists, read the story here, and never look at Santa the same way again!




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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