Not Many Mushrooms, But Some Late Summer Flowers And Insects.
Although it is now September, we had some hot and humid weather this past week. It was also dry. Not the best conditions for mushrooms The temperatures dropped on Saturday and I was out in the woods, early, hoping to find some edible mushrooms.
I first visited the pine, birch and aspen woods were my dad first showed us how to pick “red top” and “cozie” mushrooms. I have since learned they are one of the many species of orange and birch bolete. I only found a few old “red tops” growing on my hike on Saturday.
Although there are not the multitude of beautiful wild flowers that are found in spring there were still some I found along the trails on this cloudy morning including a type of ladies-tresses orchid,
I left the mixed aspen-birch and pine woodlands and drove to an area were oaks and maple are dominant. I was now looking for hens of the woods (locally called ramsheads) and chicken of the woods mushrooms. They are also late this year. I usually find the first ones late in August. I hiked a few miles and finally found a small hen of the woods or, as we call them here in Hazleton, a “ramshead” mushroom. The Japanese call them maitake or the “dancing mushroom” since they dance with joy when the find them. I was happy too but left this one since it was still very small.
I found a few more bolete mushrooms, enough for a nice meal. However, even though I didn’t find many mushrooms, I once again enjoyed the late summer beauty of our woods in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro hike September 8 2018.