Does Amanita muscaria use by Laplanders…and reindeer there…explain the legends we have for Santa Claus? Maybe…maybe not, but it’s fun to consider. Pictured are three different varieties of A muscaria all picked on the same day in Washington state last year. In most of the images of this storied mushroom you’ll see this time of the year, you’ll invariably see the red and white (Santa Claus?) form. But this beautiful mushroom can adorn various colors.
Watch this beautiful, short movie on this topic by the BBC. And have a very happy, mushroom filled holiday season!