Note: This is not meant to be an identification guide for mushrooms.
It goes without saying, but I will anyway:
Don’t eat wild mushrooms unless you know what you are doing!
We’ve been spending lots of time out in the woods enjoying the fall bird migration, the abundant wildflowers, the crisp air — all the wonderful changes that come with autumn. So far our best fall colors aren’t up there where most would expect them. Rather, they are down near your feet and you have to be alert so you don’t step on them.
There’s fungus among us!
Here are a few specimens from our walks this weekend.
Russula emetic, aka the sickener,
Pretty, but beware!
that the adventurous prize for their taste
Amanita flavocconia, aka Yellow Patches, shiny yellow like an egg yolk
Beige mushrooms with warts
Black trumpet mushroom,
aka black chanterelle
Ephemeral, often associated with fairies and elves and other magic, forest mushrooms are fascinating. If you haven’t seen my North Carolina neighbor Henny Penny’s yardful of beauties, click here: