Blooms of summer ...and hints of autumn

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2002

Violets fill cracks in the sidewalk at the Kenai post office Thursday afternoon. The blooms are escapees from a nearby flower box.


Photo by Phil Hermanek

Recent rainfall has brought many mushrooms on the Kenai Peninsula including this Fly Agaric, or Aminita muscria, in Sterling. Often described at the picture-perfect toadstool, it is widely found under birch and spruce trees. The mushroom, which can be bright yellow, orange or scarlet red, is poisonous and should not be eaten.

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