SEEKING NATURE’S TREASURES
Francis Korstzwski 1860 – Family Mushroom Hunt
Austerity, Unemployment, Financial Decline are just a few of the recent trends leading to an abundance of time to reconfigure ones life and fill it with the free treasures of nature. You do not have to return to the 1800’s to prosper from its cultural heritage.
My recent move to Oregon reminded me of previous excursions into its landscape. A favorite journey is into the forest during late summer and early fall to hunt mushrooms. Actually discovering is a better word to describe the process of locating a likely plot and unearthing the gold. Intuition plays a big part as well as sharing the magic with a friend or two.
Once one specimen is found others seem to appear near by from beneath the leaves and among the tree roots. It is a perfect example of the power of attraction by focusing on what is.
My First Chanterelle Find
My bother and sister-in-law, who advised the seeking of one type of mushroom – the Golden Chanterelle, facilitated my first discovery trip. This was good advice and a great metaphor for life. By focusing on one type, I was not distracted by all the other forest offerings and was more fruitful in my search.
Basket full of Chanterelle
Enjoy discovering life.
Fossilized Fish and Coprolites
My love of fossils dates from childhood. My father, a geologist, would bring rocks home from field trips with imbedded fish coprolite (fossilized feces). My job was to gently remove the coprolites with needle and tweezers.
I felt I had contributed to a great scientific finding when my father placed the extracted coprolites in a specimen bag labeled with my initials, date and the content. I recall my delight in reading the printed label – “petrified fish poop” and repeating it loudly to my siblings without shame.
There is something sacred about holding a form that is thousands of years old.
Fossils are like written words, just more enduring.
They are an ideal media to express nature’s creations
Fossils are nature’s art.
Oregon beaches are treasure troves of fossils both imbedded and as free rocks.
Above is a beach at low tide with imbedded fossils.
Imbedded fossil wall on beach.
Beach next to eddy with fossils & sculpted rocks for picking up.