And of course I found it growing right outside our doctor's office, here in Haarlem.
This is the famous fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) of fairy tale lore, one of the earliest psychedelics ever used by humans.
First one I ever found, and I have been hunting mushrooms for years now. Really extraordinary to find one of these inside a city's limits.
This species has a long, curious history of intruding itself into human imagery.
And even, I wonder, about this from the news today...