Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What do September Showers Bring?


We had an inch of rain recently. When I went walking out back, I was amazed to see that the ground had exploded with mushrooms. I've never before seen so many mushrooms of so many different types. I must admit that the only mushrooms I can identify (outside the grocery store) are morels.

We've had so little rain that it seems very strange indeed to see so many of them. So here, then are shots of some of the different mushrooms I found in my back yard. I did not include all the different types and I cannot identify a single one of them. Except for the ones in the last picture.

So how is it that I can identify the mushrooms in the last picture and not any of the others?
Because I purchased them from my favorite potter. They are not real.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

HAHA! I don't know mushrooms very well either but I like your potter's variety!

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

You trickster, you......I thought they were real for a moment there!

Dog_geek said...

Ha! I was fascinated by that last mushroom until I read a little farther. I was wondering why I've never gotten such a cool looking mushroom!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I thought that one looked real, too! I was thinking, those don't grow around here. Some potter!

Diane said...

Very beautiful mushrooms, aren't they? I love the pottery ones, too.

Cicero Sings said...

Mushrooms are so interesting and I'd like to be with someone that was in the know for a few field lessons in I.D.! I agree with wayfaring wanderer ... trickster you are throwing that last photo in!

Anonymous said...

Then you have a wonderful potter. Haha.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: That first one may be Hen of the Woods and it may be edible. Not sure and they are usually at the base of a tree.
I thought that last one was the prettiest. Nicely tricked.

NCmountainwoman said...

Lynne - They never decay or crumble.

Wanderer - We have more of them scattered throughout the yard.

Dog geek - We really like having the pottery ones. With so little rain, we haven't seen many real mushrooms this year.

Twisted - Yep, our potter is great.

Diane - Thanks for dropping by. Yes, I thought all the mushrooms were quite attractive.

Cicero - I'm amazed at the number of people here who gather and eat so many varieties of wild mushrooms.

Science guy - Thanks

Fishing guy - I thought the same, although it appears to be growing on the ground. I didn't see any evidence of a tree stump.

LauraHinNJ said...

Ha! I'd have never known.

Such beautiful variety there.

Powell River Books said...

So many amazing mushrooms. We have lots here in BC, but I haven't seen that many varieties. -- Margy

Jayne said...

LOLOL Carolyn! I was thinking... now, how in the heck did she ID those??? Cool shrooms!

The Birdlady said...

Very cool, Carolyn.

Ruth said...

You fooled me. The pottery ones fit right in.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh I LOVE mushrooms...but not to eat! Those ones from the potter look amazingly real!!

Adventure girl said...

Lot's of mushrooms! Great shots!
I want to retire in the mountains;)

NCmountainwoman said...

Laura - I couldn't believe how many different ones there were. Many more than I put in the post.

Margy - thanks. So glad you visited.

Jayne - Glad you had a laugh.

Helen - Thanks

Ruth - We have several scattered through the yard.

Kerri - I love them AND I love to eat them, but only if someone else has identified them for me.

Adventure girl - Thanks for dropping by. The mountains make for a great retirement place.

Nick S said...

wow, look at those things. They actually made me hungry lol.

Shelley said...

These are neat to see - the last mushroom is beautiful!

Susan Gets Native said...

And I thought to myself, "wow, those lasts ones look almost fake!"
We haven't had rain for...well...forever, so I am eagerly awaiting the spore-fest to come.