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.

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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 (http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/gallery/VisualKey.asp), 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. πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

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

      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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

      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 πŸ™‚

    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… πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰

      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. πŸ™‚

      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…. πŸ™‚

        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…. πŸ™‚

      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. πŸ™‚

      August 12, 2012 at 6:51 am

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