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Mushrooms

Nov 242015
 

One of the most enjoyable things about hunting for wild mushrooms is the sheer satisfaction of walking around, somewhat aimlessly, in the fall forest.  I’ve never been lost, but I’ve managed to wander so far off the trail that I’m not sure where I’ll wind up.  Chanterelle hunting is my favorite, but you never know what waits down below in the moist rich humus of the Earth in the fall.

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 Mushroom Traipsing  November 24, 2015  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Dec 132014
 

I love hiking where there is no trail, just traipsing through the forest.  During the fall, after the rains start, it’s even more of a thrill to follow my nose and legs in search of the forest mushroom.  It’s not as easy now living in a drier climate, and I certainly don’t get out as much.  Still, I always find the hunt exciting.  Maybe it’s some genetic thing left over from the days of needing to hunt for food.  When not wondering, I can always just go to the forest and look.

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 Deep in the Forest  December 13, 2014  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 162012
 

I’ve always loved spotting these mushrooms.  Never having ingested them myself, the lore of this specie lives on.  From the dancing mushroom scene in the Disney movie Fantasia to tales of hallucinogenic rituals in Siberia to the obvious visual richness of the bright red cap invigorating the imagination, the Amanita Muscaria mushroom has a certain reputation bordering on modern myth.  Whatever your relationship with it is, it’s hard to deny its unique individuality.  Simply put, for many of us, it’s fall and the mushrooms are out!

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 Magic Mushrooms  November 16, 2012  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Jan 172012
 

I love traipsing about different forests looking for mushrooms.  The cool mossy undergrowth, navigating around fallen trees, not really knowing where I’m going, but going there anyway.  Mushrooms have a way of hiding beneath fallen fir needles or thick moss and it’s always exciting to stop, look down and around and there, just a few steps more is something to behold.  Edible or not, it’s always so satisfying; kind of like going to a zoo without cages where you have to hunt for what you’re looking for.

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 Purple Cortinarius  January 17, 2012  Mushrooms Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »