November Submissions: Mushrooms

Hello Nature-Led Friends!

I hope you’re all doing your best to stay healthy. I know this time of year gets busy for all of us but remember to get plenty of water, vitamin C, fresh air and sleep! Maybe a bit of Mushroom broth to help keep you warm and sated. Mushrooms are and excellent source of vitamin D. However, none of the following mushrooms should be eaten. I admire mushrooms for their beauty, diversity and place within the ecosystem but my classification skills of them is terrible. Please enjoy the following photo submission for entertainment purposes.

Let’s start our journey by passing through the mushroom gate.

Mushroom Sculptures, Durham Botanic Garden, Durham England By Leslie Dawson

This makes me think of the Torii gates of Japan that symbolically mark the transition between the rest of the world and the sacred.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

The most popular and photogenic mushroom of the group goes to the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). This mushroom is commonly found in the northern hemisphere and popular in illustrations and folklore of Western Europe. The mushroom is poisonous and does have some psychoactive properties. Druids of ancient Europe may have used it for its hallucinogenic properties and provided it to warriors prior to battle to reduce their stimulus to fear, but none of us are ancient Druids, so leave it on the ground for the fairy folk!

Fly Agaric Toadstools, Durham Egland by Leslie Dawson. Blog: https://moment-by-moment.blog/

Durham England By Leslie Dawson
Blickling England By IDV. Blog: https://inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com/

Redmond WA USA By Patricia Lezama. Blog: https://patlezama.com/

Conks (aka Shelf Fungi or Bracket Fungi)

Found throughout the world growing on tree trunks and limbs, stumps, fallen logs, and sometime structural lumber.

Mushrooms growing on a weeping mango stump, Uganda, Africa By Jude Itakali Blog: https://judeitakali.wordpress.com/

Conks on a stump, Riverside Park, New York, NY, US By Kerfe
Riverside Park, New York, NY US By Kerfe. Blog https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum), Devon, England By Ms Scarlet. Blog: https://wonky-words.com/

Unknown Conk in Doylestown, PA US By Mistress Maddie. Blog: http://mistressmaddie.blogspot.com/

Unknown Mushrooms

Mushroom Series, South Florida, US By Lisa Troute

Same kind of mushroom?

Unknown Mushroom in Blickling, UK By IDV Blog: https://inexplicabledevice.blogspot.com/

Ms Scarlet’s “Boring Mushroom” Devon, England. Blog: https://wonky-words.com/

Looks like someone took a nibble out of this one. The squirrels in my yard will occasionally eat mushrooms.

Unknown Mushrooms, Colorado US By Tracy Abell. Blog: https://tracyabell.com/

Who dropped these cream puffs among the lupine and clover?

Unknown mushroom, South Florida By Lisa Troute.

These look a lot like Oyster Mushrooms, but I’ve always known oyster mushrooms to be growing on logs and this looks to be growing up through the ground, what looks like sandy soil.

Small Mushrooms on a log By Leslie Dawson. Blog: https://moment-by-moment.blog/

In my first relationship when I was young, I would go mushroom hunting with my boyfriend’s mom. We would go up into the mountains around familiar burns scars from 2-4 years passed where plentiful Oyster, Chanterelles and Shaggy Mane. We often ate them breaded and fried.


Also, I must share this delightful book. What a great cover picture! The thought of it alone makes me smile. The contents of the book are excellent as well if you happen to find yourself with an interest in mushroom identification and hunting throughout the US and Canda.


My dear friend Patricia Lezam closes this post with heartfelt musings on the topic at hand.

Redmond WA USA By Patricia Lezama. Blog: https://patlezama.com/

MUCH-rooms

These two mushrooms look alike. Probably one is older than the other. One little, one big. One thicker, one brighter. Similar species, they seem the same by the eye of a two-leg walker who is staring at them and standing still wishing she is one of them.

Last time she saw herself in the mirror she could not find her curves like the ones in the magazines. She felt sad and irregular, out of that world and its shape. 

During her empty lifespan she kept wondering how to fit in, she struggled all her spores out until today.

She realized that she didn’t need a mirror. She just needed a walk, to find her reflection in these two mushrooms.

She felt complete in one stem and a big head full of ideas, creativity, fairy tales. A head to save her from bad weather, a head as an antenna to receive the energy of the universe and communicate with it.

She read once that mushrooms don’t have roots, but mycorrhizal associations. The mycelium’s role is to collect nutrients and water and keep the mushroom anchored to the earth. So she wished. She wished there was a root system underneath her humanity, in which everybody is unique but interdependent, knowing that we need each other.  Knowing that we are all connected to each other in order to be, whether we see it or not, feel it or not. 

Sometimes she believed that she did not need anything or anyone. A lone walker with nobody to bother and nobody bothering her. Then she understood, she knew that every little or big thing she does affects her surroundings, our roots, so she started to bother, then, it became a wishful longing, where her kin were like these mushrooms, rooted for eachother even without seeing, even without feeling it, just being. If we were like them, we would  be a magnificent forest, diverse in colors, shapes, heights, breathing this same air that brings oxygen no matter body shapes or ranks, because in the mushroom life, there is no hierarchy.

So much room in this world for all of us, so much room in the head of these two mushrooms, and in her, and myself, and you. So much to give and love and live in awe and wonder.

Patricia Lezama.

Little Mushroom Trail By Melanie Reynolds

This concludes our Mushroom tour. I hope you enjoyed it! As always, my love and gratitude to those of you that participated by providing pictures. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

26 thoughts on “November Submissions: Mushrooms

  1. Wonderful pictures. Those first ones are amazing. I’ll put in more effort to get a good one for December – Nature at rest. Coodles to Kerfe and the stump(jinx😃)
    Loved your little mushroom trail, and Patricia’s musings.
    And all the photos. Can’t wait for the next one.

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    1. Great, Jude! Thank you for participating, I’m glad you find value in it and look forward to what you find for us next month. Sometimes I do a little light editing of the photos with cropping or light adjustment if needed.

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  2. What a magical little tour you provided us, Melanie. Thank you for organizing this. And a shout-out to Patricia for her call to us heeding the interconnectedness of everyone and everything on the planet.

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      1. Thank you for leading us in this path of nature wonders Melanie! I am more than grateful for our interconnectedness* (on Tracy’s words).

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  3. What a lovely selection of fungi! Thanks for doing this, Melanie – it’s inspired me to find as many of the toadstools and mushrooms that I’ve published on my blog through the years and create a “best of” post (because I don’t have anything else in the pipeline).

    P.S. David Arora’s pose on the cover of that book reminds me of the Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

    P.P.S. Your Little Mushroom Trail is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, IDV! There is no nicer compliment to me than knowing I’ve inspired someone to do something positive and appreciate nature. 🙂 That mushroom really is about the size of a baby or small toddler! I’ve never seen such a thing in real life for myself

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  4. Another great installment!!!!! I have never seen some of these fungi, and some of them are downright pretty neat looking. I’m so late getting to see the post…I’m grossly behind in catching up with everyone again being gone for a few days…and a busy with work and freelance decorating. It been nuts.

    But this was a nice post to view and read with a glass of red vino.

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    1. Thank you, Mistress! I completely understand about how are it is to keep up with other blog posts. No worries here! It sounds like you’ve been having a fun kind of busy and that’s great! I’m glad you enjoyed the mushroom pictures!

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    1. Hahaha, the trombone instrument is optional. The story in the books says something to the effect of the man being in an orchestra and they were delayed and he went mushroom hunting or he heard people mention the mushroom and he knew it was an edible kind and went to fetch it. Something like that. You’ll have to get the book. It does cover Canada!

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