I was out riding the trails in the woods the other day on the four-wheeler ... looking for mushrooms ... but not really in the picking mode. I was just curious as to what's around. I came across this maple tree with these:
I did see some artist conks and some pretty cool lichen and moss growing on this old, snagged up, broken down poplar tree just around the corner in the trail:
I also found some more honey mushrooms but didn't pick them, as I have enough of those already. I put up 16 pints from our last picking.
I also came across some others that I don't know the names of offhand; but I'm sure if I dig around in my mushroom books I could identify them. Until then - I'm not picking them!
Rambo - our resident hound dog was all agitated ...
... ahhhh ... there's the reason - the young wild turkeys are using my mulch pile as a dusting bowl ~
Nothing like a dry wood chip bath.~~
Okay... back to that "is it or isn't it an oyster mushroom" ... I was telling Slim about it today and he said let's take a ride and show it to me. It was still there.
The honey mushrooms that we pick ~ we have always picked in the same area for the last 5 years ... we know "those mushrooms" in that spot and feel good about picking and eating them. We also know three other people that pick "those same mushrooms" and they are all alive and well .. and they put them up the same way that I do.
I also feel very good about harvesting and eating the giant puffball mushrooms, moral, hen of the woods and chicken mushrooms from the wild. So we'll continue doing that ... but gosh ... there sure are a lot of mushrooms out there that I want to learn about. I'm really excited about next spring and starting my own shiitake mushroom logs and possibly some button mushrooms and oyster plugs from a kit ~ so I KNOW those will be safe to eat. We have grown the buttons before; but they are rather pricey buying the kits.
But the thrill of finding them in the wild ~ ahhh... that's what I really want to learn.
I always tell Dear Hubby, "eat today, I'll try them tomorrow". I joke about it; but I would REALLY feel rotten if something happened. So, in the meantime ~ we'll remain very cautious when it comes to consuming wild mushrooms.
Until next time ...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.