Our Spring is different; it comes late and short here. We’ve already gotten dandelions, of course, but we’re still waiting for the star flowers to bloom in the mossy woods. Nonetheless, our Spring sights now include mooring mushrooms blooming once again at the woods’ edge – a sure sign of unique beauty to come.

This variety of mushroom is a several-hundred-pound anchor with a large chain to which a heavy rope is attached, to which a lighter rope and a bright mooring buoy are attached. These stems are being prepared to submerge in Great Cove, where graceful sailboats will be attracted to the colorful, bobbing buoys like hummingbirds to honeysuckle. (Brooklin, Maine)