Mushrooms, mushrooms, everywhere! Every size, shape, and color. It would be impossible to try to photograph or identify them all, here are a few of the noteworthy ones:
I’m not sure what these are, but they were by far the most numerous out there. They were sprouting from beneath the fallen leaves by the dozens, all over the forest. When I look through my various guidebooks, I’m overwhelmed by the number of Russulas, Milkcaps, and Clitocybes. The all look kind of the same, and several of them look kind of like the ones growing here. I definitely found myself longing for the company of a true mushroom ID expert, someone who could help me put a name to the incredible variety of mushrooms around me.
Here’s an interesting one, shiny, slimy, and deep purple.
And here’s the bottom of the same one. I’m guessing it’s a Viscid Violet Cort, which is technically edible, I guess, but I wasn’t too tempted. It was a pretty awesome looking fungus, however.Lots of puffballs as well, in all sizes and shapes. Here are a few that I found growing on a dead tree, just the smallest fraction of the hundreds that I saw this morning.
And a pretty one, some sort of purple russula, I think. Another possibly edible species that I most likely won’t be experimenting with. Kind of crazy the way the profusion of species at this time of year completely overwhelms my ability to identify them.
For the remainder of the month, I’ll be travelling. Starting this evening, I’ll be spending a few days driving to Louisville, then staying with friends in Kentucky for the weekend, then driving home along with my family. I intend to do some camping and hiking, and post updates from the road, which should be interesting.