An Internet of Fungus
|The pink lady's slipper, one of Maryland's native wildflowers. |
I would buy it if it came in real shoe.
Plants are sessile and quiet, I said to myself, therefore boring -- and too much like myself. I will look elsewhere. Give me a bald eagle! Or a coy fox like so:
|Nope. Foxes never look like this.|
But this pistachio color is what I will look like at the finale of my Maryland master naturalist training next Monday when I must give a presentation. Why does our culture so privilege extroverts?
Plants introverted-ly communicate quiet chemical messages to each other using "an internet of fungus." There's a whole book on it: The Hidden Life of Trees.