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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

out of the kitchen and into the woods

After three weeks of thunderstorms day and night, and humidity that rendered every towel and piece of clothing saturated with moisture, the sun finally came out. As I walked to the car, I saw a huge brown mushroom, and then inhaled a waft of that intense, earthy, primeval scent of forest . I kept walking, into the dappled sunlight of the woodlands nearby. The brook was rushing noisily downstream, and, on either side, a wonderland of mushrooms had sprouted.

As I am not familiar with which mushrooms are edible ( except for puffballs), I simply enjoyed the rainbow of colors and shapes I saw spread out before me. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.



Barb said...

Hi Kat ~ Those mushrooms are amazing - the colors aren't like any mushroom I've ever seen! Maybe that's your reward for having to put up with so much rain. I suppose any mushroom that gorgeous has to be poisonous???

katrina said...

Hi Barb - no doubt you are right! There was one mushroom I couldn't get a good picture of that was deathly blue - that one HAD to be lethal, I'm sure! But it was fun to potter around in the woods, seeing all these cool 'shrooms and generally enjoying a sunny, dry day (finally)!

Diana said...

I am not sure which mushroom is which either so I just don't try it.
I love mushrooms and make fresh mushroom soup for my family often, but I leave the harvesting to the experts.
I had a friend years ago that would gather them from all over, but I said no when he was going to teach me - I didn't want that much pressure on my head.

Organically Yours,

katrina said...

Diana - I feel the same way - I took a mushroom hunting class, but even after that didn't feel confident I'd remember which was which. To be honest, I like the white supermarket mushrooms for most things, nicely sauteed and toasty brown...