All Mushrooms Are Edible
All mushrooms are edible, but some only once. That was today’s lesson.
It seems that our weather has taken another turn for gloom and rain. Not sure how most feel; but for me, it has rained too often. From the summer, into the fall. Anytime that I make plans outdoors, it rains.
I ventured out between the rains today. A welcomed break from my computer screen.
I was on my hands and knees focusing my lens of the camera on some sort of lichen when I heard some rustling in the woods behind me. It was a male and female carrying baskets. The same two hunters that I photographed their mushroom haul during the spring and early summer.
When it comes to mushrooms, I know nothing. They are just cool to photograph 🙂
There is something rain is good for. It is good for growing mushrooms. The deadwood gains moisture and it grows many, many, many mushrooms. Right now, the Wisconsin woods are chock full of them.
The two hunting them down in the woods with me “seemed” to know what they were looking for.
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Shaggy Mane Mushroom
Quickly, they scooped up much of mushrooms that I had my eye on to shooting. For the next half an hour, we ran into each other. Each time we bumped into each other, I’d ask a question about how they know which mushrooms to pick.
Basically, I was told guidebooks and experience.
Excellent Book for Great Lakes Region:
If you live in the great lakes region and want to start learning about fungus in the field, this is a good guide for you. It contains most the Fungus in the region and will not overwhelm you with species which don’t exist in your area.
This will teach you the anatomy of fungi and show you the proper terms that describe the shapes and structures of a mushroom. Along with a good dichotomous key, this book also has very clear photos and descriptions of each mushroom you may encounter.
I summed up our 30 minutes spent together into one sentence. All mushrooms are edible, but some only once. That was the lesson of the day. Many edible mushrooms have poisonous look-alikes. For me, I’ll get stick with photographing them.
Interested in Hunting Down Mushrooms Yourself? Guide Books:
If you would like to see additional pictures of fungi, lichen, and moss, I have started my album HERE.
Until next time my friends. Take care.
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