Gift #898: Mushroom Walks

I’ve been super busy the last few days – it’s more of a frantic surge of activity in the knitting realm.  I signed up to participate in a Halloween swap and have been working on my gift for my swap partner.  I’m knitting a cowl for her and it’s taking much longer than I expected.  I’ve knit seven of the 12 sections and have been working on this nearly exclusively for 3 weeks.  And the kicker?  It’s supposed to be in the mail by Oct 9th.  Right…  I’m thinking that’s not going to happen.  I think Oct 9th is rather early to ensure it getting there by Halloween, but hopefully I won’t be too far behind.  Things were going along ok until yesterday when we hit a snag.  Things have been rough going today and right now the project is in time-out.  While it’s “thinking about what it’s done” let’s visit some mushrooms!

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Fall is a wondrous time because so many of my favorite things – pumpkins, golden leaves, and mushrooms!  On the recent trip to Turkey Run we were blessed with so many mushrooms and other interesting fungus.  Oh my goodness – it was wonderful!

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I don’t limit myself to favorites in the fungus world – I’m an equal opportunity mushroom-lover, but I was thrilled with the group of bright red mushrooms in the first photograph.  The ruffled edges were especially appealing.

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Peek-a-boo!  This little one was growing in a hollow tree trunk.  I almost missed it because I was busy hunting in the leaf litter for mushrooms.

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These were a magnificent stand!  I love their pale yellow caps and ruffled, ragged gills hanging off the stalk.  I’m still working to identify this one – perhaps a honey mushroom?  If anyone knows, please let me know.  I don’t recall meeting it before.

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A cluster of brown mushrooms press up a tree trunk – almost camouflaged in the tree bark.

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This incredible specimen was a new one for me too!  I think it’s an antler fungi (appropriately named).  This section in the field guide was thrilling!  It was a beautiful sight.

I hope that your early autumn days are filled with joy and lots of time outdoors spent admiring the beauty of nature – in the tree canopy and down below.

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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One Response to Gift #898: Mushroom Walks

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a wild array you’ve shown us, Sarah. I, too, have been photographing mushrooms on my walks. They are so varied and interesting in shape and color, many often appearing overnight. Lots of critters eat them, so I’m happy when I catch them before they get nibbled. 🙂 Good luck on the cowl!

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