It’s Still Summer, But Fall Is In A Hurry To Get Here This Year.
Today started out cloudy, breezy and cool, with temperatures in the mid 40’s and, even though we still have some Summer left it felt a lot more like Fall. I decided to again place my macro lens on my camera and take it along on my search for wild mushrooms.
As I walked in the mixed pine, birch and aspen woods in search of aspen scaber bloete or red tops, as my dad called them, I noticed a lot of the leaves are now beginning to show some color.
Many of the blueberry bushes, both low and high bush species, are turning a brilliant red.
And some of the leaves on the birch,
and maple trees are also changing into their fall colors.
There were a few wild flowers still in bloom, I don’t know the names of this one,
nor the name of this beautiful white late blooming orchard,
but I do know this is a species of ragweed, not well lied by those of us, me included, who suffer from allergies.
I was disappointed I didn’t find any red top mushrooms but I did find a wild crab apple tree,
and sampled it’s very sour fruit.
I left the birch/ aspen/ pine woods and decided to search for some hen of the woods or, as we call them, ramshead mushrooms. I didn’t find this one in the woods. Some friends found it in growing in their yard and let me harvest it . These mushrooms grow mainly on old oak trees so the woods are very different.
I usually hike second growth forests with a mixture of maple, oak, pine hemlock and the occasional ash and hickory nut tree. The ground is usually covered with many species of ferns, which are also changing color early this year. ,
and my mortal enemies, brambles and thorn bushes,
and blackberry brambles which have caused me many scratches on my legs and tumbles to the ground when walking into them in the thick underbrush as I look for the old oak trees which may have a ramshead mushroom growing on it.
There were some mushrooms growing along paths,
including what I think is a cauliflower mushroom and,
but, unfortunately I didn’t find what I was looking for, a ramshead mushroom. But there is always tomorrow and it is always good to be outdoors in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro walk
Summer ends and autumn comes, and he who would have thought it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” – Hal Borland