Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park a few days ago, I came across this. I sent the photo to a friend, whose father is a noted mycologist. He said: “Amanita Muscaria. The Vikings ate it… then went to war. Drank their pee to stay drugged. Their victims called them ‘Berzerk’, as a way of saying the vikings acted crazy. Berzerk meaning shirted with a wolves’ pelt? Or bare shirted? No one is sure.”
How cool is that?
I was pretty hungry when I stumbled on it.. but I was also pretty sure I didn’t want to eat it.