An Unsuccessful And Uneventful Search For “Red Top” Mushrooms
Since I was a very young child, I have searched for “red top” and ” cozie” mushrooms (birch and orange aspen bolete mushrooms) in the woods near my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County. My dad taught us how to identify them. We enjoyed eating them and we dried some and made soup for Holy Supper on Christmas Eve. The usually begin to appear in mid-August, Unfortunately, my favorite place to find these mushrooms was developed this past year. I was devastated to find the woodlands destroyed. So now I have to find a new place where these mushrooms grow.
So last Saturday I set out to find some “red top” mushrooms. It wasn’t successful search but I did, as I always, enjoy my time roaming the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Also as I always do on my mushroom hikes, I took my macro lens and took some photos. . (Sorry I never reveal my mushroom areas).
It was a cooler and mostly cloudy day as I set our on my hike. There was a feeling of Fall in the air. And sign of the the end of Summer were visible on my hike. The leaves of many trees were no longer fresh and green. Some showed signs of age and insect attack, such as these maples leaves,
My walk took me through many old coal mining strip mines. The “red top” mushrooms liked to grow under the birch, aspen and pine trees that grow in the soils disturbed by the mining activity. However in this area these trees were overgrown with thick undergrowth and I found no mushrooms. There were some late summer flowers in bloom long the old coal mining trail such as the evening primrose,
Some pokeweed plants.
And I didn’t find a single mushroom either. I am not sure if it was that the woods were too old, or because it has been so dry. It was still a nice hike and I will be out there roaming the woods looking again soon. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. Macro mushroom hike August 15 2020.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein