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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

It's the season

They are easy to ignore as mere blobs on the forest floor. 




But, my husband and I have begun to look for them, not as food, as many are doing this time of year, but to capture their variety and beauty 




amid the detritus, or on the trunk of a tree.




Mushrooms are varied, in size, colour, 




shape 





and preferred substrate, to name a few of their unique characteristics. All are fungi, decomposers who help break down organic matter. They are especially prominent on the forest floor late summer and early fall.





Foragers are busy these days in search of their favourite mushrooms. Not us, though some of the mushrooms we saw were edible, or so we thought. However, not being experienced mushroom hunters, we can’t be certain about the level of danger afforded by each type we encountered.





One of our friends, who has picked wild mushrooms said, “Keep a sample in your pocket of the type of mushroom you’ve eaten. That way, if you go to or are taken to an Emergency Room, staff will know what you’ve consumed.”


However, we won’t be eating wild mushrooms any time soon although there may be a few more photos in our future.




28 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I would never eat wild mushrooms either. It's like playing russian roulette.

Catarina said...

The husband of a friend of mine loves to go mushroom picking. I have seen some quite interesting types of mushrooms that he has picked. Chanterelles is the only name I remember at the moment.
: )

DJan said...

Great pictures of mushrooms. I don't eat any I see out on the trail, either. They are picturesque and since some of them are toxic, why not just shoot them with your camera? :-)

Celia said...

They are so lovely. I love mushrooms but can't bring myself to try wild ones either.

Debbie said...

i agree that they are beautiful!! there is such a nice variety this time of year and they look so pretty in pictures!!!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I shall be out looking for some next week but only to photograph. The only ones I know that are safe to eat come from the supermarket.

Joanne Noragon said...

How many, many kinds of fungi out there. Even if I knew one from another, I think the return (the final volume) not worth the effort. Except digitally.

Elephant's Child said...

They are often incredibly beautiful. And some are equally deadly. Most years we lose someone here to Death Cap Mushrooms. I believe it is a truly unpleasant death.

bill burke said...

I don't eat wild mushrooms but I have photographed many.

Marie Smith said...

I so agree, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

Chanterelles are highly sought after I believe, Catarina.

Silver Willow said...

great photos! I have enough trouble digesting safe mushrooms (although I love them); I would never attempt a wild one.

Nasreen said...

Some look so beautiful. I don't eat though.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fabulous photogenic fungi! Why do I always think of fairies and elves when I see mushrooms Marie ☺

Marie Smith said...

I agree. So much safer with the camera, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

I don't think I'd try the wild ones under any circumstances, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

Some of the warnings for some of them are scary, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

I get mine from the store too, John.

Marie Smith said...

So agreed, Joanne!

Marie Smith said...

I would like to avoid "death by mushroom " on my death certificate, EC.

Marie Smith said...

There are some beauties out there, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

I love mushrooms too, SW.

Marie Smith said...

It's wise to play it safe where mushrooms are concerned, Nasreen.

Marie Smith said...

I hope the fairies and elves stay safe around the mushrooms, PDP.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice mushroom collection!

Ginnie said...

I'm in your camp, Marie, wanting to look and take photos of them...but not being willing (yet) to eat them. I have a sister in Michigan who always hunts for the morels when they're in season. Perhaps I would do that if they were available here? In the meantime, your fabulous images make me want to go hunting for similar photos here.

Marie Smith said...

There were lots there, FG.

Marie Smith said...

There are so many mushrooms right now, Ginnie, before the frost.