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Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Myriad of Mushrooms

The other day I went for a hike on the trails near Mt. Finlayson and Jakle's lagoon, and as I walked downhill through the woods I couldn't believe how many mushrooms lined the trail. It was almost like something out of a dream, as there were so many of them in all shapes and sizes. I counted easily over 30 species of mushroom, and have been back several times since then with my camera. Here is just a small sampling of what I've seen there....

Black elfin saddle, Helvella lacunosa
Probably candy cap, Lactarius spp.
Pholiota spp.
One of my favorites. Never seen anything like it before - does anyone have any identification ideas?
Shaggy mane, Coprinus comatus


Lois Evensen said...

What great images. I'm fascinated by all the different types of mushrooms I've seen here and on other blogs recently.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Shaggy mane = shaggy inkcap, aka lawyers wig over here. Good eating before they turn black inside.

Be careful of those goats when wandering the hills!



Vera said...

Incredible! That first one is amazing!

Warren Baker said...

Wierd looking things - fungi. very interesting life cyles though, and some are good to eat, though I wouldn't know which :-)

Monika said...

Lois - The variety is indeed amazing

Dave - Lawyers wig, I like it! Am I missing something about the goats?

Vera - I like that first one a lot too. It's definitely one of the weirdest ones I've seen.

Warren - I wouldn't know either! So many of the edible species look suspiciously like poisonous species, so I would want to be with an expert before I tried any.

Andy said...

Stopped by for a visit.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Hi Monika - you not see the tragic news from Olympic NP at weeekend? A walker was gored to death by a goat