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Friday, September 18, 2009

You say you want mushrooms with that???

Over the last two weeks, our front yard has sprouted amazing mushrooms. According to our neighbor, some have been called Shaggy Manes. Since we do not know the names of any of the kinds of mushrooms we have, we do not eat any of them.

One group in particular are pretty striking in that they are black and white and very textured. They look like they have a lace overlay on them.

So, I decided to dedicate a blogpost to some photos I took of them. Enjoy!:

Two varieties...the "pancake" shaped one and the capped one:

They come up so fast, they still have the dirt from where they sprouted within their caps:

A grouping of them:

A fly is interested in the inside on one of the caps:

I really liked the white and the black patterns and textures of them:

These are a different variety. A long, bell shaped, capped one:

Experimenting with black and white:

They really show up against our yard of entirely weeds green lawn:
One neighbor, who said he knew what he was doing, picked the edible ones from our lawn, after asking.

I was fine with that.

I sure as heck don't want to try eating any.

Dang, come to think of it, I should have had him sign a disclaimer or waiver or something.

Never mind. Forget what I said above. What I MEANT to say is that I ALLEGEDLY told him he could possibly pick them........

Wait. What is that siren noise?

Is that an ambulance I am hearing?


VaBookworm said...

lmao! I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to eat anything out of my yard! Well, in the event that it's a bad mushroom, hopefully he's not a neighbor you like!

L. D. Burgus said...

One thing for sure, if he picked the wrong ones, he won't be back for more. I don't think I have seen any of those kinds of mushrooms before. We get the mushroom crops usually popping up in our yard in June. What is funny is that ours look like lawn ornaments and you have to look close to see they are the real thing. Nice photos of rooms.

Eva Gallant said...

Oh oh---halucinogens??
great photos!

Bernie said...

Everyone is posting pictures of mushrooms and they are all so lovely. Not sure why but I haven't seen any here where I live, maybe I should walk closer to the woods tomorrow, I'd like to see some as well. Great post and great photo's, how is your neighbour? Hugs

Brian Miller said...

funny commentary to go with your beautiful pics. you captured them so well in your macros. the textures and quirkiness. great eye, as always.

iml said...

Delighted to have stumble upon your blog. Interestingly not many retired asian women blog.

Ed said...

I think you're wise not to eat what you aren't sure about. Sometimes, they are called "toadstools" in English. Well, there's a reason for that. I'm pretty sure that the English word derives from the German "Todstuhl", which mean's "death chair". But says it comes from the Middle English. Either way, it means the same thing: "Beware of what you are putting into your mouth". I always enjoy your photos.

Joycee said...

I wouldn't eat any of those for a million bucks! But some people eat pine cones, remember Euell Gibbons? We have one that comes up that is orange and looks like a popsicle, really!

Sandi McBride said...

I love to look (and not touch or eat) the wild mushrooms that grow in the woods and out by the garden...there's one called Devil's Snuff...when it turns brown if you poke it with a stick, brown spores pour out that look like snuff...don't suppose I'll be inhaling any of that!!! Lovely pictures, but no cooking, now!

rainfield61 said...

You have a collection of some wild mushrooms, and it is amazing that they are edible. No joke.

Ms. Fiddlesticks said...

I just visited the U.P. Oh my gosh what a wonderful place. I loved it so much. I would love to see it in the winter. Please post pics just for me (I guess others could see them too). Lake Superior was breath-taking. I loved all the lakes, rocks, forests, people, etc. Pictured Rocks, oh my. Out of this world. One of my favorite towns was Grand Marais. I will return one day.

grannyann said...

those sure are pretty. I love the ones with the shaggy string stuff. Around here all we have a plain old white yard toad stools.

A New England Life said...

Awesome 'shrooms! So medievel looking ... and no I wouldn't eat them either!!!

They almost look like they've been burned in a fire. Very cool!


Roxane B. Salonen said...

I love your macro shots. Even a mushroom can look like a piece of art. Nice work!

Loree said...

What an amazing variety of mushrooms.

starsimplified said...

Really wonderful photos! Some of those mushrooms are like mini works of art! Thanks for sharing.

The Retired One said...

VaBookworm: Nope, I don't eat wild mushrooms of any kind either! The neighbor said he knows these are fine and eats them all the time. He's fine. ha

L.D.: yes, mushrooms do look like yard ornaments. ha

Eva: hey, maybe if I have a bad day I could use them. Just kidding. I would be too chicken.

Bernie: My neighbor is just fine. :-} There are still a ton of mushrooms in the woods...we went for a 5 hour hike to a remote part of land jutting out into Lake Superior yesterday (boy, am I sore today!) and there were a ton of different mushrooms on the hike.

Brian: Thanks! I hadn't noticed these black and white ones before. I really liked their texture.

iml: I am so glad you stumbled across the blog too! I hope you join on as a Follower...would be great if you did. No retired asian women blogs??? If you are retired, you need to start a movement to get more to blog. ha

Ed: Thanks!! Death chair? Yikes!!!!!

The Retired One said...

Joycee: yes I remember Euell...the old twigs and nuts guy. Funny! I don't eat anything but commercially canned mushrooms, and then, only rarely.

Sandi: Oh, your mushrooms sound like such fun. I would be poking them all over the place! you should take pictures of them!

Rainfield: The black and white ones I took probably aren't edible..but there were white ones right next to them that my neighbor took and ate. Evidently , they grow right next to each other and he knows the difference. ME? No thanks, I wouldn't try ANY. :-}

Ms. Fiddlesticks: Oh, you came here!! I would have loved to meet you! Any blogger is a friend of mine. Yes, I will take winter photos, but not as many. We get extreme cold and a lot of snow so it is difficult to get out into the woods for me. I will definitely take some snow pictures, though and I hope to snowshoe into one of our local waterfalls and get those photos this winter too! So stay tuned! Did you join on as a Follower yet? If not, make sure you do. I love Grand Marais, too...and hope to get there for some photos before the leaves fall off here.

Grannyann: I love photographing mushrooms, especially tree mushrooms, so there will be plenty more to post!

New England: You nailed the description I was looking for, they do look like they have been burned. I love all mushrooms, they are so neat in their colors and textures, aren't they?

Roxanne: I agree. I love all macro shots and I agree that they can make the ordinary look extraordinary.

Loree: thanks! I went on a hike this past weekend and caught some really neat mushrooms on trees and on the ground in a remote area of Lake Superior stay tuned, I will be posting them soon.

Starsimplified: Are you new to my blog? Please join on as a Follower, if you haven't already, I would love to have you join us. Thanks for the nice compliments on the mushroom pictures.

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