Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What's this?


12 comments:

Armchair Critic said...

It's art

Philip Todd said...

Looks like a six legged bear that has jumped off a tree onto a monster magic mushroom

robertguyton said...


Why would a six legged bear jump off a tree?
What earthly reason would there be?

Armchair Critic said...

A six legged bear would jump off a tree to get to a monster magic mushroom. Obviously.

robertguyton said...

Of course she would. I had hoped someone would answer, "a hawthorn leaf, lying on the cap of a fly agaric", but the bear'll do. It's part of the woodland "table-top" I've made from papier-mâché and card. I've cut hawthorn, beech and oak leaves to imitate the leaf-litter of a forest-floor and moulded amanita muscaria from paper and coloured tissue, added abandoned snail-shells and hazel and walnut shells for effect. I plan to animate the scene with clever automaton insects and other wonders. Why?
Why not?
Hadn't really considered a six-legged bear as part of the scene, but now that the spectre has been raised...

Philip Todd said...

I love those amazing little sayings you hear from time to time and that's why mushrooms come to mind. Last weeks country calendar had a classic. All mushrooms are edible but unfortunately some only once.

robertguyton said...

I heard that CC episode is very interesting and will watch tonight on demand.
I eat the big puffballs (nice!), birch boletes (nicer!) and shaggy ink cap (delicious!) and once found and ate a morel (best ever!). I tried growing oyster mushrooms, but failed due to lack of diligence. Chantarelle, is that an edible mushroom? I think I'd like to try those, providing they are.
(Yes, I checked: "It emits a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent edible mushroom."

robertguyton said...

So, why would the Germans try to destroy its attractiveness by giving it a name like pfifferling???

Armchair Critic said...

I'm not that familiar with why Germans do things, but my guess is they named a mushroom a pfifferling to stop six legged bears from jumping on them. There might be a better explanation, but I can't think of one.
The episode of CC last week was quite good too. Not enough to make me like mushrooms, but getting close.

robertguyton said...

Are 6-limbed bears sensitive to the names of things? Would they throw themselves onto fungi that bear a name that appeals to bears? Are they so fickle? Or is pfifferling the sound emitted by the mushroom when landed-upon by such a bear?
Would Sir David Attenborough know?

robertguyton said...

Any one remember Prudence the Extrudence?
I miss her.

robertguyton said...

Tardigrades! Of course - at the back of my mind I knew I knew - tardigrades!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade