Trailside Mushrooms

I’m sure there’s a fancy name for them somewhere, but that information eluded me in my half-hour search of the internet…so here they are anyway, just sitting there prettily along the side of the trail in Millcreek Canyon.

24 responses

  1. Well, the one on the right is Harry, but his friends call him “nospore”. Next to him is Nadine; she can be a real bi . , , pistol, but the rest put up with her because she’s been around and knows the in-crowd. Then there’s Peter . . . you can see him, as usual, trying to hit on Paul. The two headless ones are ex-soccer players; we don’t know their names because . . . well, they’re headless.

    They bear a resemblance to the Lactarious group (, but could not be bothered to go through all of them. Nice pictures.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

    • I had thought about Harry and Nadine, but was at a total loss for the rest of them, so I didn’t even bother to begin with the names, Emilio…so thank you for filling-in there. I appreciate the link, as well…who would imagine that there could be so damn many of them….

      August 8, 2012 at 6:49 am

  2. Wish I knew a bit more about mushrooms…often see them on my walks but not sure if they are edible or not!!

    August 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

    • Seems like it would be a huge challenge to learn about all of them, Lisa…and if I don’t buy it in a store, I don’t think I’ll be taking any nibbles from them. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 6:51 am

  3. Nut Balls

    Those certainly are some odd looking mushrooms. Good that you didn’t take a little taste 🙂

    August 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    • Nope…not going to sit there in the middle of the trail munching on them, Nathan…. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 6:52 am

  4. I did a little bit of digging (pun not intended :oops:) and I think they might be honey mushrooms. They are edible apparently but I’d need to be pretty damn sure before I tried them. 🙂 Lovely pictures Scott.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and that is the one mushroom variety that I thought these might be in that limited search of mine…they appeared to be the closest thing to what I have here. And I’m with you on being pretty damn sure before trying them…. I’ll just get mine from the grocer’s and hope the buyers know what they’re doing. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

  5. There’s always an edginess to mushrooms isn’t there? The most harmless looking could be the most toxic and one is never really quite sure …… That aside: these mushrooms remind me of the confectionary ‘Coconut Mushrooms’ available in any sweet (candy) store 🙂

    August 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • There sure is, Meanderer…they’re so earthy and can add so much to a dish or meal, but the tucked-away thought of their potential for harm seems to remain, especially when seen out in their natural environment. Your Coconut Mushrooms sound wonderful…maybe like Macaroon cookies?

      August 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

  6. More treasures from your walks. Thank you for sharing them. I love ‘shrooms… 😉 So nice of disperser to introduce us.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    • Yes, Gunta…little trailside treasures. I’ve come to rely on disperser’s timely and always appropriate additions to the commentary. He’s a little gem, as well. 😉

      August 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

  7. Edible? Great perspective, Scott.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • I wouldn’t know, Karen…I’ll stick with admiring them visually. Thank you. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

  8. I think these might be wood mushrooms (Agaricus silvaticus) but the only way to be 100% sure is by taking a spore print of one. I always err on the side of caution with mushrooms and assume they’re poisonous until I’m absolutely sure they aren’t.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    • Perhaps Scott could do a taste test. A minute amount would not be enough to kill, but any adverse reaction would point to them being edible or not.

      To do a proper test, feed it to any of the current batch of politicians.

      August 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      • Thanks for volunteering me, Emilio…but I’ll pass…and I do rather like the thought of using some of the other test group, though…. 🙂

        August 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    • Thank you, Allen…seems caution is the consistent topic here. I can imagine them with a bit of onion, butter, and garlic salt though…. 🙂

      August 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

  9. They look quite unusual, at least from the ones I see here.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    • It was my first time seeing them out here, Terry…and right next to the trail, too.

      August 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

  10. What a great find, they look good. Are they edible?

    August 9, 2012 at 2:03 am

    • They do look good, Leanne…but I have no idea if they are edible or not. I will leave that to the experts…and still get my mushrooms at the grocer’s.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

  11. Beautiful! Don’t seem edible somehow.

    August 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • Thank you, Madhu…not something I’m willing to do. 🙂

      August 12, 2012 at 6:51 am

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