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,
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.