A Walk In The Woods: Fruiting Bodies

Since I first heard the term "fruiting body" I wanted to write a post with that title. What a wonderfully evocative phrase, making us think of fecund nature: of a cornucopia of ripe fruit, of a pregnant animal, human or other. What it means is a structure in a plant or fungus that contains spores for reproduction. So, mushrooms are fruiting bodies, as are the tiny red caps of the lichen named British Soldier (remember the Redcoats of the Revolutionary War?). The world is full of interesting life, usually beyond notice; it's a gift when we pay attention.