By Martha // Posted 30 April, 2012 in: Photography
It may be only April, but it’s already time to pull on your mushroom hunting fashion boots. You’ll fend off ticks and look good while slinking through the woods.
Tom found this pair of morels nestled in the grass. Excited at an early find, he didn’t even wait for me to take their picture before plucking them from the ground. They were a little dry, but let’s not get picky here.
Most of of the mushrooms we found are probably inedible or at least not choice, but they weren’t all boring LBMs. I am curious if these might have been Velvet Foots (wild Enoki). Pending confirmation, I have decided to call the above fungus a Hamburger Bun Mushroom.
There were, of course, plenty of Little Brown Mushrooms. Here they are gathered together in a tiny mushroom village.
This is the sort of mushroom under which a fairy might enjoy a tiki drink.
Morel #3. They don’t call her the Minnesota State Mushroom for nothing.
A Mushroom Choir.
A woody-looking fungal friend.
Furry shelf mushrooms from below, showing off their hedgehog-like undersides.
Furry shelfies from above. Now you see their furriness, yes?
All in all, we had a good walk in the woods. Now that we know for sure that the season is on (and early), we hope to get back at it next weekend with our out-of-town guests and 4 pairs of eyes to comb the woods.
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This entry was posted by Martha on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 9:28 pm and is filed under Photography. You can subscribe to responses to this entry via RSS.
I can’t believe it, you found some! We have been checking and rechecking our favorite spot, trying to spend some time there every weekend, and still NOTHING, not even the usual signs that accompany our elusive friend. Well, we’re making the hike again Sunday evening!!! Maybe this rain and all-of-a-sudden warm weather will shock them into existence!
I love all your fungal friends, Martha. Nice that you noticed them. 🙂
You should have come out and looked in our yard…. In addition to the morel haul, I also just noticed a cluster of “Dryad’s Saddle”/Pheasantback mushrooms about 15 feet off the ground on our big dead cottonwood hulk. I am debating whether I want to get up there on a ladder. How did your latest forage en famille turn out?
Nice finds!! I am eager to see if we’ll have any luck around here. It seems to be an odd year due to the dry/early warm weather, or so I hear.
Your sense of humor in naming the various mushrooms delights me. Thank you for posting.
I’ve started going through a huge backlog of marthandtom this one really caught my attention. I think Hamburger Bun Mushroom looks a lot like Challah Roll Mushroom.
I hadn’t thought of that, Brian… and I soooo agree.