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November 13, 2009

Magical Mushrooms

A few photos from a recent walk through the park near our house.





My husband thinks these two look like they're sharing an intimate moment.




If the other two were a couple, this is definitely a mother and child.

I need to get my hands on a good mushroom book so I can go hunting for edibles (pretty sure none of these qualify).  Edible or not, they're still gorgeous, and I'm always excited to spot some huddled together on the damp forest floor.

13 comments:

janeywan said...

That first one is way cool. I have a book but would still be scared to eat anything I'd find.

Conny said...

Beautiful photos and such variety too. It's a great day for a walk in the forest.

Heather said...

Gorgeous photos! My youngest son is interested in all wild foods and was told about the fantastic mushroom book All That the Rain Promises and More...
It is a fantastic field guide with great photos and it is easy to use.

Our Pace said...

Wow! Beautiful! We sure don't have mushrooms like that around here. Your photos are GREAT! My son saw them and is running to get his dad. He wants to show him the cool mushrooms.

Shawna said...

Those are amazing!

Hayden said...

really beautiful! Was that first one an amanitas?

Annie said...

I love all these mushrooms we see at this time of year. That first one especially is so neat looking!

Shawnee said...

Wow those are gorgeous! Almost fairy tale like.

I stumbled across your blog today. You have some really great pictures. :)

Cheryl said...

Janeywan - Me too! There's a mushroom group in our area, so I hope to get out with them one day to learn a bit more about them.

Conny - Thank you! It was a lovely fall day (we haven't had many of those lately, unfortunately!).

Heather - I will look for that book, thank you for the recommendation!

Our Pace - I'm thrilled that your son got such a kick out of them! :)

Shawna - Aren't they great?

Hayden - Yes, I think it is.

Annie - Me too! I guess our damp weather is good for something. :D

Shawnee - I'm glad you stopped by! Thanks for taking the time to say hello!

freelearners said...

Daughter is very into mushrooms and I've learned so much from going hunting with her. I second the recommendation for "All That the Rain Promises"; excellent guidebook.

That first one looks like a sickener mushroom, Russula emetica, (Russula stalks break like chalk) that induces vomiting. But it may also be a Russula silvicola which is often confused with the emetica, but is poisonous.

The spotty one is Fly Agaric, an amanita mushroom. Their stalks are fibrous when broken. Fly Agaric is also poisonous. Seems the pretty ones are dangerous, lol!

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

I envy your mushroom find! It must not be as cold as here in Ohio to find blades of grass and mushrooms growing... Those remind me of fairies and gnomes. Such a beautiful and magical sight.
I would love to hunt mushrooms! How fun to forage in the forest for those meaty morsels to come home and make a filling meal from your "work" of a hike... :)

Rick said...

Roger on that Fly Agaric, it's one of the Amanitas, and should be enjoyed at a distance. There are a couple of that family that are delicious, but this isn't one of them.

Francesca said...

Impressive photography. I should be going on a foraging course over the Easter period which should be ineresting. :)

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