Gift #1036: Mushrooms Abounding

There’s a spot in my neighborhood that is prime mushroom ground.  About this time of year a bumper crop of them emerges and it’s glorious.  I keep a weather eye out on that spot throughout the year just in case a fetching fungi is peaking up from the ground.  Today on the way out of the neighborhood to run an errand I saw them.  Naturally I had to stop by to say hello and take pictures.  They live in a “pretty bit of wildness” where a creek passes through our subdivision and the road crosses over it on a bridge.  Lots of bushes, trees, and wildflowers are concentrated there.. and also mushrooms.  During the fall I like to take walks there to admire the foliage and the horseapples and check on the mushroom situation.

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Here’s what we had in hand today.  There was a nice variety of mushrooms to pick from…naturally I don’t have a favorite – I love them all.  I was so excited to see all of their interesting forms.

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Aren’t they lovely?   I especially like the little ones that are hiding in the grass as if they’re shy of the world.  They smelled really good.  I don’t dare eat mushrooms from that are collected in the wild (or the neighborhood).  I only eat ones from the grocery store.  Though  I do have some acquaintances that harvest their own as they go on hikes.  In fact, a few weeks ago I saw a man walking in our neighborhood and he had a bag full of mushrooms he collected from down in the creekbank.

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In my world, mushrooms are for photographing and pumpkins are for petting.  Later in the afternoon my mom and I went for a hike in a local park.  I’ll try to post pictures of the foliage when I get a next chance.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks and will continue so for a bit longer.  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the mushroom photographs!

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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