Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mushrooms

Fall is the time for mushrooms, especially when we have lots of rainy days.  I haven't had a chance to get out hunting elsewhere, but several have appeared right here in our yard.

 I find the pattern of the gills underneath fascinating.

This was a simple white toadstool like the Fairy Ring Mushrooms, but not in a ring.  So probably one of the Fibre Head mushrooms.

These were quite large at up to 6" across, and they popped up in a large circle around our White Birch trees, about 10 of them, in a loose circle nearly 10 feet across.

According to my mushroom book, they could be one of several, perhaps one of the Milky group of mushrooms.  They are entirely golden-brown, not white, and convex on top.

I like the pattern of these small bracket fungi, growing down the space where two left-over logs from building the log cabin have been sitting for 15 years.

They've got quite a bright orange-brown colour pattern, and may be the Yellow-red Gill Polypore.  I have a very long way to go to learn the mushrooms.  When I look through the guide many of them look so similar!

But whatever the species, they're another sign of the season.

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18 comments:

  1. Fungi have such a rich variety of textures and colours to them. Beautiful shots!

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  2. these are great images. mushrooms are so neat to photograph. I almost shared some but changed my mind, glad i did, you images are better.

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  3. The textures in these are really interesting....not interesting enough to be waanting to eat them. I'd always be afraid I got the poison ones.

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  4. I have had a lot of mushrooms in my yard too lately and spent an afternoon photographing them. They are so interesting. I like your orange brown ones best-quite interesting and different.

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  5. Great pictures, interesting perspective and a fantastic orange color.

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  6. Always best not to get too confident about identifying fungi. I only eat the ones I find in the shop.

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    1. Me too; I'd never eat wild ones for the uncertainty.

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  7. Mushrooms are fascinating, cool photos of the gills. I don't generally feel like eating ones I find in the wild, but I did look up one I found in my yard last year that was very distinctive and is not poisonous, so I will be tempted if I find it this year. My understanding is that bracket fungi are not poisonous. What does your book say? That's not to say that they taste good either. Turkey tail bracket fungi can be made into tea.

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  8. I too have been noticing a proliferation of fungi recently. Mycology is not one of my fortes but they are very appealing and certainly enliven a fall walk.

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  9. The forms that fungi take really are remarkable.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  10. You've found a nice variety of mushrooms! I have trouble identifying them so don't eat them. But it's safe to photograph them. ;)

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  11. As my REAL mushroom friends tell me, ID is no for the faint of heart and there's more to it than just looking at them.

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  12. Mushrooms and fungi are really fascinating and beautiful. I remember picking mushrooms with my mother in a cow pasture. She knew the correct ones to pick. We took them home and fried them in butter. Yummy. And we didn't get sick or high!!

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  13. Gorgeous shots! Mushrooms are fascinating. The gills are very pretty.

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  14. Aren't they amazing things... nature is so amazing

    Mollyxxx

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  15. I think brackets are beautiful. They are great additions to a wreath or a flower arrangement.

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  16. Fungi make wonderful macro subjects (not found any around my way yet, seems late to me but hey), and you have really captured their beauty.

    I've recently started a linky on my blog (Photo of the week) where I'm hoping people like yourself will come along and link up with your best photo each week? if it's something you are interested in the link is http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/p/photo-of-week-linky.html (sorry I hate posting links in comments like this but really like your work and would love for you to link up.)

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