Searching For Wild Mushrooms, A Summer Hike With My Macro Lens
Summer moves on. It is August now. And here, in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in most years that means the many species of wild mushrooms are sprouting in our forest and woodlands. The key ingredient is rain. And we have had plenty this year. So this morning I was off searching for some of my favorite edible wild mushrooms, such as this red/yellow bolete.
Once again, I must caution my blog readers that you should never consume a wild mushroom unless you are 100 per cent sure it is safe. There are many species of mushrooms which can make you seriously ill or kill you. For real. Many species of the amanita species shown here are poisonous.
I won’t reveal where I hike today.Mushroom gathering folks don’t share their secret spots. I left early with my camera and macro lens. I immediately found some milker mushroom. A member of the russula species of mushrooms, it is called a milker or milky mushroom because of the white latex-like liquid that exudes from the mushroom when cut or bruised. Don’t get it on your clothing. It stains brown and cannot me removed.
It was a beautiful day to be in the woods. I enjoyed the sunshine filtering through the trees and illuminating the ferns. As I neared my jeep at the end of my six-mile hike I saw this raptor perched in a tree. Unfortunately, I only had my macro lens so I couldn’t get very good photographs. I am not sure what type of hawk it was but was told likely a juvenile red-shouldered hawk,
And this is what I did with them. Dinner. Three species of milkers, a king bolete, some red/yellow bolete and some chanterelle mushrooms. It was another great Summer day in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro hike August 3 2019.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson