Saturday, September 14, 2013

Beauty Was A Beast


No Google hunt is required during raining days, many of the mushroom species are easily seen everywhere at Cerok Tokun.

One of those makes me think of Yang Guifei, who was “one of the Four Beauties of ancient China and the beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong” of Tang Dynasty. She was, most importantly, obese.


I have not seen her in person, but these mushrooms are a real beauty, irresistible: round, smooth, fair, tender, sweet, juicy, and SUPER BIG, that urge me to possess them, and to eat them, but inner me tells, 

The fall of Tang Dynasty began when the beauty became a beast.

28 comments:

ruthinian said...

Those mushrooms really look yummy. Now you gave me an idea for lunch.

Steve E said...

Well, I was there when Tang Dynasty began crumbling. It all started when the tax department (taxi-taxi) favored certain ones of the populace.

Then came the rush on rice futures. After that a plague of dragons, etc. Well, YOU know how it goes.

The obese lady "fatsuey" ran things for a while. Then came the food shortages--she ate China out of bamboo-and-beans...this all happened in the short space of 3,000 years.

(I hope you didn't read this trash--grin!)

Ratty said...

Many beautiful mushrooms are very beastly.

eileeninmd said...

The beastly mushrooms are beautiful. And tasty too! Wonderful images, Rainfield! Happy Weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

a rubenesque woman and round mushrooms. :)

acreativeharbor.com said...

Delightful post and love the photography ~ carol, xo

Laura. M said...

Although highly desirable, do not eat ... do not go to become beast :)))
Have a great weekend.
A hug.

Diane AZ said...

They are lovely and smooth like bread dough just before baking. :)

George said...

These beautiful mushrooms do look as if they are ready to be eaten. I wouldn't want you to become a beast, however.

Nancy said...

Strange looking mushrooms!

Icy BC said...

They do look scrumptious!

Debbie said...

I love them as creamy soup but always get mine at the grocery store. ;)

Have a happy Sunday!!

betchai said...

wow, those are mushrooms? i thought for a while they look like potatoes, they seem to be coming from another planet, love love.

Sharkbytes said...

Your mushrooms look like potatoes. Either way, they do conjure images of soup.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

I thought they were potatoes too until I read your wonderful words. You do have a pleasing way of expressing yourself. :)

Cheryl said...

As always you've captured my imagination and given me joy in your photos. Enjoy your week!

Deb Crecelius said...

Beauty becomes the beast...
does that mean they are poisonous?
Augh!
Stay away from Beauty!

இBananazஇ said...

We both blogged about Tang Dynasty but the beast is a ghostly beauty

EG CameraGirl said...

Something to be cautious about, that's for sure!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful round mushrooms.
You sent me on a Google hunt for Yang Guifei!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

They look delish!!!

Arti said...

How intricatly you intertwine your posts with anecdotes!! Beautiful pictures as always, those are really huge mushrooms!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a fun bit of history to know. Those 'shrooms look more like potatoes. They really are huge.

Angie said...

ahh beastly beauties.. looks can be deceiving no?

Emma Springfield said...

Mushrooms fascinate me. They come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are good to eat and some can kill you. But they are always nice to look at.

de engineur said...

I can't quite tell/visualise how big the mushrooms are. Maybe another shot with someone's finger beside them will give a hint.

but they sure are gorgeous, waiting to be photographed!

RNSANE said...

I love all kinds of mushrooms, just not the poisonous ones...though they can be so lovely.

RNSANE said...

It is most sad to have such an incredible profusion of mushrooms that you can relish with garlic, butter and spices but I'm afraid you'd be history at Ceruk Token if you did.