"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A toadstool...or perhaps not?

Every once in a while, you pass by a very special toadstool. One that you just have to stop and take a closer look. This weekend, I saw just that very one in Assen. It is the largest vliegenzwam or fly agaric I have ever seen. It was about 8 or 9 inches across.

So Jos turned the car around so I could jump out and take some photos. It was perfectly in tact still which is amazing as it was next to a bus stop.

There were two 'normal' sized ones on each side of it but this one was just so unbelievable and beautiful. Is it simply a toalstool or perhaps......

NDER a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
Out of the rain to shelter himself.

Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.
Trembled the wee Elf, frightened and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.

To the next shelter--maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.

Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.

Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse--"Good gracious me!

"Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented.
--And that's how umbrellas first were invented.

~ Oliver Herford (1893 - 1935)

Isn't that the sweetest poem? Humm...I am thinking perhaps this is not simply a poem but a true story about how the first umbrella was invented. What do you think? Of course, it does mean that you must believe in elves too. *grins*

Excuse my support glove on my hand as I took the photo and did not think to take it off first. I wanted to show you how large the toadstool is. I have long hands and I did not quite span the length of the surface.


Nancy said...

OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I love it. There should be NO DOUBT,in anyones mind that there are gnomes under these beautiful toadstools. That one is a gem. It is just too bad you can't bring them home and dry them or something.
Love you, Mom

Anna said...

wat prachtig is onze natuur toch!
en zo'n mooi gedicht erbij gevonden.

Fluitenkruid said...

Allemachtig wat een plaatje. Roos en ik zijn de hele middag op zoek geweest tijdens de paddestoelendag in Bennebroek en geen één vliegenzwam gezien. Jouw post maakt dat weer helemaal goed.
groetjes Jannet

Tammy said...

What a find! It's beautiful!
Thanks Jos for turning around :-)
I would like to think something magical is living under something so pretty.
Thanks for sharing Heidi and hugs2u

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
That is an amazing toadstool. I can't believe how big it is! Hope you had a good weekend
Hugs, Rhondi

Susan in SC said...

Heidi - I finally found this blog. For some reason I did not know it even existed, so I have been going back and reading. What a beatiful mushroom!!!

DonnaTN said...

I've never seen a toadstool so big and red! I get ordinary ones in the front yard!

Ginny said...

A red toadstool? For real? I've never seen such a thing. It's amazing, and very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Brigitta said...

Amazing!!! And I love that Eva Cassidysong!!

Hugs B.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

I have never seen any toadstool like that!!! And when I clicked on your photos, to enlarge them... It is even more magnificent.

It almost resembles the 'skin' of a strawberry.

As someone else commented.... Oh yes, there has to be something magical about that one. Well, about all 3 of them. Huge, is one unique aspect. And Red, is another.

And yes, the poem is precious.

Anonymous said...

My goodness! I thought that this was a tiny toadstool until I reached the end of your post Heidi!

Marie x

Tracy said...

Soooo cute...love that, what a an amazing find! Magic...pure magic, Heidi! And I wear support gloves a lot--tendonitis flair ups make it necessary :o) Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

Sonja said...

Wat een echte paddestoel! Rood met witte stippen en dan ook nog zo mooi glimmend. Kon die Elf niet samen met het muisje schuilen? LOL.( Ps wat betekent: wee en heap?)

Rhonda said...

I did not know toadstools could grow that big in real life, just in childrens stories

I think your mom is right, it is for sure big enough to be home for some gnomes, but I am sure they won't mind at all that you shared it with all of us. :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

I've never in my life seen a toadstool with those colors! I thought it wasn't real! What's so wonderful is that we stop to notice and appreciate these things in nature. There was a time in my life when I just plunged straight ahead and wouldn't have seen such a beautiful thing!

le ciel flamand said...

Wat een reus! En wat een intens rode kleur,echt herfstig ;o)
Groetjes, Annelies

Gallery Graphics, Inc. said...

I am so in awe!! I honestly thought you made this & it was fake. Then I read on... I LOVE IT!!! I actually shared with several others.

Blessed With Four said...

wow - you must have great eyesight Heidi, but as red as that toadstool was I am not surprised that it jumped out at you. It reminds me of a ripe strawberry in the spring - very beautiful shroom :o)

angelasweby said...

What an amazing sight and one that would look more at home in an Arthur Rackham illustration than in a real life setting. You must have felt so priviledged to have come upon it. The colours are just stunning.
Isn't it a delight to know that there is a poem there to suit every interesting picture - the trick is to find it and you, my dear Heidi, have the uncanny talent of being able to do just that :>)
I love poems and pictures together, it must be the child in me :>)
Hugs Angela