look. fungus can be pretty bad in your house, both structurally and in terms of the inherent health effects of having a living organism have sex on your walls and then release the resulting millions of spores into a confined space. but like. if you have three admirably large shelf-like mushrooms sprouting from the base of the wall in your living room, and they create a spore print so large it billows out a good couple feet..... idk man that might just be theirs now
Fungi make worlds; they also unmake them. There are lots of ways to catch them in the act: when you cook mushroom soup, or just eat it; when you go out gathering mushrooms or buy them; when you ferment alcohol, plant a plant, or just bury your hands in the soil. And whether you let a fungus into your mind, or marvel at the way that it might enter the mind of another; whether you're cured by a fungus, or watch it cure someone else; whether you build your home from fungi, or start growing mushrooms in your home, fungi will catch you in the act. If you're alive, they already have.
Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, And Shape Our Futures
No mushrooms today, but I wanted to show you this magical place I visited last spring. It’s a so called “stone gutter”, which is created from lime from leisurely flowing rivulets. Calcareous water emerging from a stratified spring flows away on a slope. There, the spring water releases part of the carbon dioxide dissolved in it through pressure relief, water heating and carbon dioxide extraction by plants, especially algae. The precipitated lime settles on the edge of the rivulet and starts to grow upwards (”spring lime”). In the colder water in the middle this process is slower, so there’s usually a channel preserved in the middle through which the water flows. Since the lime precipitation continues, stone gutters can grow by one to two centimeters annually under favorable conditions.