Saturday, September 3, 2011

Into the Woods

I've been known to talk about dwarves and elves and such and I'm often curious about sleeping under a flowering elder tree although I've never tried it.  But this past week, I was drawn into the woods in search of mushrooms!  After the periods of heavy rain we've had in the past few weeks, I figured I'd find some and I was right.  Sadly though, I know very little about mushroom identification so I'll just post some photos of what we found. 

 < I found this one in the grass at the edge of the wood.

And these tiny beauties are only about 1-1/2" tall. > 
< Looks like a bit of marshmallow fluff!


< I'm guessing maybe chicken of the woods but I'm not sure.





















As the sun shone through the tree tops, it illuminated these beautiful orange ones and we saw them from quite a distance away!  The photes above are closeups.


This coral like clump was about 3" tall and growning on an old poplar that had fallen years ago.




Like a tiny army marching in line, these little orange shrooms lined a moss covered log for about 4 feet!
 
 
 
 
There were several of these white mushrooms scattered over the forest floor.  They are over 12" tall. Since these resemble pictures of what are considered very poisonous "Angel of Death" mushrooms, we gave them a wide berth.
 
They are all beautiful and intiguing.  And I could be mistaken but I thought I saw a tiny little figure disappear behind a stump as we made our way over the hill!
 
Much herbal love,
 

3 comments:

  1. It's amazing what beauty can be found in nature.

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  2. wow that actually looks really interesting. I never knew there were so many different types. great pics!

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  3. Gorgeous! All those colors are so rich and vibrant! It's hard to believe you're finding those now!

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