Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Farm Photos: A Wild Mushroom Feast for Your Eyes Only

These are just some of the (non-edible) wild mushrooms that popped up around the farm after some warm September rains. . .

Some grew on top of each other

One was the size of an extra-large pizza

While others were as small as a thumbnail

This one was top heavy

And this one was blue!

Some sprouted out of trees

And others grew up them

It was an amazing mycological show!

© Copyright 2008, the award-winning blog it's always neat to find wild mushrooms, but it's definitely more fulfilling when they're chanterelles or morels—and for once I actually announced a contest winner when I said I would.


  1. Congratulations to LutheranChix on winning such a wonderful mushroom feast.

    I love the photos of the mushrooms you posted - fascinating. I can't identify edible from non-edible, so I just admire them for their strange shapes, color and size. I don't think I've ever seen a blue one though.

  2. I find mushrooms a bit creepy, to be honest. Especially that pizza-looking one.

  3. Great mushroom pix.
    I've always meant to take a foraging class so that I can actually tell good from bad... cuz they all look fantastic to me!

  4. Wow! Amazing what kinds of mushrooms you get in places where it actually rains! ;) No, I love my desert, I do. It's prickly-pear fruit collection season, which is an adventure and a half. Less surprising than a crop of exciting mushrooms (barring an unexpected encounter with cactus spines or tiny glochid stickers), but definitely good.

  5. CountryMidwife11/14/2008 5:31 PM

    Oh, dear. Please everyone be careful! One of my best friend's husband ate a mushroom in their yard and spent 3 weeks in ICU, nearly died and may still need a liver transplant. A healthy, young, 200 pound father of four felled by one deathcap mushroom. You CANNOT forage wild mushrooms without knowing what you are doing!

  6. Oh, my gosh, Susan, if those were edible they'd be worth a fortune! They're lovely nevertheless.

  7. Mushroom hunting can be really exciting- and a little scary all at the same time.
    I filmed my husband going mushroom hunting-
    you can check it out at my (old) blog:

  8. I was hoping to find pictures of edible wild mushrooms. I recognize morels, oysters. boletes, chanterelles,puffballs, and sows ears. These I eat with confidence, but am wary of knife edged varieties, though some of course are edible (buttons)I haven't been able to find a reliable source for verification. I saw some ink caps, which are edible but they were way past prime. I even had some black chanterelles grow in my basement on a wet carpet scrap-I ate it too, though they aren't common and haven't seen any since. Well, good hunting. later gnome


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