Monday, 29 September 2014

Enjoying The Mushroom Festival In Varena, Lithuania

Luthuania is famous for mushrooms and now is the height of the season. To commemorate the bounty, the town of Varena holds an annual celebration. The surrounding area is rich with the fungus and it's a good excuse to hold a town fair. Bring on the mushrooms!

Ready for some grybai?


Somehow, this traditional-looking presentation used the Motown tune, "Dancing In The Streets" as its theme music. The weaving techniques may also have been traditional, but the punk hairstyle is modern. Weave it and rock it.

At one booth, you could learn from where mushrooms come.


Traditional food, traditional clothes, traditional kids. A fall figure, a few stacked bails of hay, other flora and a head wrap. Nice apple necklace!
What to do with mushrooms? Traditionally, served with herring.


Churning butter and making rugs. A little harlequin dancing.

Untraditional mushroom usage? Lose the mushrooms, recreate them in dough, deep fry and sprinkle with powdered sugar. A funnel cake in disguise.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Kisma Preserve, Mount Desert, Maine

There's a lovely little animal preserve in Maine on the way to Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. You can stop nearby for lunch at one of the many lobster shacks and then take a tour to see a few interesting critters. Most animals have been rescued from dire situations and now live a bucolic existence in rural Maine.

Barn at the entrance.


Wandering the grounds. Exotic bird.

Bear.



Wolves. Some sort of biggish cat among the tall grass.

Llamas, best to keep out of spitting range (not a problem with the many layers of chain link fence).