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Photography Exhibit by Liz Welter- The Magic Beneath Us

A Visual Arts event

January 7th —
February 28th, 2021

Roots Organic Juice Cafe
108 E Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN

The Magic Beneath Us

I used to walk the beaches and waterways seeking out fossils. Our beaches have eroded and Covid kept me from walking popular waterways. I headed to the woods  as an outdoor alternative. Still looking down, I found mushrooms. Beautiful Fungi! I had no idea the magical world that lies beneath us. The beauty that nature displays through fungus. 

Once I started looking, I would see these incredible mycelium everywhere. Fungi is the most common species on earth. It truly is everywhere. More than any other kingdom our closest relation is mycelium (fungus/mushrooms). 

Mycelium is the mother of everything. They break down all plant life to create new. 

Rebirth, Regeneration, Rejuvenation.

It’s more important than ever to protect our common grounds.  I urge you to take a walk at our local parks and look down and around the trees. Think about that every step you take there are 300 miles of a mycelium network working underground. 

It truly is a magical world that is necessary to our survival. 

I hope that you come away from this display with a new idea of what fungi is to this world. It is not just intriguing, and beautiful, but essential for decomposition, food production like in beer, wine and cheeses, also for cosmetics, medicine and biotechnology. Get out there and discover this magical world yourself. 

*note some fungi can be poisonous so please don’t go eating cool mushrooms in the woods. 

*I highly recommend the documentary Fantastic Fungi. I learned so much from it. 

-Liz Welter