another mushroom break

Last fall we found the above little critters hiding in the hollowed-out base of a fallen tree. there were at least 5 or 6 different other species around the same immediate area, so something tasty must’ve been rotting there. Or, witches or Satan or something. Pretty little things. They almost sorta look like the Stropharia rugosoannulata we were growing in the yard in Iowa City last year, but something about them made me think not at the time. I can’t remember why, now — at the end of these Northern winters i lose all my mushroom knowledge & have to learn it all over again when the morels start peeking up. (Not yet.) Anyway, they’re pretty.

I found this under some dead trees on the same day:

Diary comics will be back tomorrow! Unless we forget to upload more again. Oy. Even posting every weekday, We still have 3 months of backlog!

mushroom break!

Here are a couple mushrooms we encountered way back in the fall of 2014, when the Earth could still sustain life…

Old Man of The Woods. Ate it.

A reishi, showin’ off. I made some tea out of this. I do not to my knowledge have cancer now so who knows, maybe the new-age rumors are true.

A cool Lactarius. I didn’t eat this one because my ID on this genus is not up to snuff yet (although i have a hunch this one was a piperatus, which is considered “semi-edible” — nice but not exactly a term to get the mouth watering. But the milk tastes really hot-peppery!