Thursday, July 27, 2006

Tohickon Creek, No. 1, Part 2, Mushrooms

Tuesday afternoon when I was hiking along and near the Tohickon Creek in Plumstead and Tinicum Townships, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I encountered a number of different kinds of mushrooms. Mushrooms fascinate me; but unfortunately my other priorities prevent me from identifying their names. Nevertheless I enjoy their colors and shapes and perhaps many of you will be able to do so likewise. If you know their identities, please feel free to share that in the comment section. And maybe we all can learn just a bit more together.


Kevin Stilley said...

When I was a kid, growing up in the hills, my mom used to go mushroom picking. But I never learned the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. .. or even toadstools for that matter.

mreddie said...

Mushrooms are another part of God's amazing creations. Good photos. ec

Cergie said...

I prefer not to try the mushrooms at the top.
But the yellow at the low seems like one famous in France. Yummy fried with parsley and garlic !
= "girolles" or "chanterelles" (cantarella cibarius).
But perhaps not the same in America. Growing under broad-leaved trees...

Ginnie said...

My, my, Tim. You have found some I didn't even know existed, let alone know the names of! Don't you just love the colors?! Sadly, I have to agree with Kevin in not knowing enough about this part of God's creation to know the good ones from the bad.

Cergie said...

The one grey at the top = very dangerous. Mortal. Perhaps : amanite phalloïde =death cap. Must look if has a ring on the foot. With a ring = Run away quickly !!!

Ed Abbey said...

I think the first one is an agaricus, the fourth a russula and the last one is definitely a chantrelle. Not sure on the others without looking underneath the cap at the spores.

Do you get morrels out there?

Bobby said...

Yeah, I've never known the difference between edible and poisonous. Good pics, btw.

"With a ring -- run away quickly." Good advice.

spicebear said...

goodness, i did not know that mushrooms came in anything else apart from the kind i see at the supermarkets. well well, i can say i learnt something new today.

Ocean said...

Hey Tim, Yea I'm still around. Just haven't been keeping up on my blogging lately. Can't say that I have ever seen any of those type mushrooms. Interesting Pictures though.

Camila Bernardes said...

Hi, Tim, how are you doing? You posted nice pictures here. I liked them.
Have a good time.

Paige said...

Nice as usual. Happy weekend

Godknows said...

Mushroom is my favorite but i never see red and yellow mushroom before. Love the photos as usual. Thanks Tim

Tai said...

I have nothing intelligent to add besides..."mmmmmmmm chantrelles".

My dad used to pick them and bring them home for us kids.

7-10 minutes in a cast iron frying pan with a wee bit of butter and heaven was served on toast.

Fred said...

I've never seen a red mushroom. Wow.

Anonymous said...

I've got a few mushroom id books, but can't give a positive without seeing if the stems are attached or not.. some are so close in appearance you have to do a spore count (which means taking the cap and placing it under a glass on white paper- the pattern the spores form will id the 'shroom) I find them fascinating too :)

Cindy/Dances with Moths

Tim Rice said...

Hi, everyone. Just a note that I plan to respond to everyone here yet individually. Hopefully tomorrow evening. Thanks for all your comments.

Cergie said...

Coucou Tim, I'm here to help you.

You're too busy for the moment to answer to each of us. Don't worry of that. I prefer you come and read my blog. And I prefer you're not too overbooked and still post your wonderful posts so you have three possibilities:

1) Answer to nobody.
2) answer to cergie only, because I posted two comments (3 now).
3) answer only to the people who ask you a question. That needs an answer.
4) answer to who answer to your comment on their blog. For instance, don't do it for San Nakji who is a bad boy.
More reason to not answer to San Nakji: He has not even put a comment here !
So I gave you 4 possibilities for the price of three.

Keep cool and be happy !

Cergie said...

And never more post a post with white, red, yellow, blue, grey or else coloured mushrooms.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, kevin stilley. My mom used mushrooms sometimes but only ones bought at a store. I wouldn't risk picking any myself. :)

Thanks, mreddie. Most of God's creation is beautiful as long as we don't spoil it. I have hard time though thinking of mosquitoes as beautiful. ;)

Hi, cergie. Thanks for your identification efforts and comments regarding the mushrooms. And, yes, I do get over busy too much of the time. I'm slowly working to lessen that. But the really significant changes probably won't be possible for another year. As for my involvement with the junior youth, I get more out of it than I put into it. Thanks though for your options regarding answering comments. I enjoyed that! And, oh, what do you have against posting photos of mushrooms? ;)

Hi, ginnie. I have come to the conclusion that there are more mushrooms and toadstools out there than is possible for the average person to conceive of. But they are beautiful.

Hi, ed abbey. Thanks for comments about identification. I have come to the conclusion that identifying mushrooms is not an easy task. I have heard of morrels; but don't know enough about them to know if we have them or not.

Thanks, bobby. I think many of us don't know enough to identify mushrooms or distinguishe between edible and poisonous.

Hi, spicebear. It's amazing how much more we can always learn about nature. At least, I find it so. :)

Hi, aluadacbs. Glad you liked the pictures. Beyond being busy, life is going well.

Hi, ocean. Good to know that you're still around. :)

Thanks, paige. Glad you liked the photos.

Thanks, godknows. Glad I could show you something new. I learn alot from people's blogs.

Hi, tai. I think your mushroom recipe and memory is making me hungry. :)

Hi, fred. So I provided you with a new bit knowledge. I think it's fun to learn about nature.

Thanks, cindy. So it sounds like mushroom identification can be quite complex. Good thing I don't pick wild mushrooms to eat.

Cergie said...

Mushrooms are too interesting for too much people and there were too many comments there, Tim !

Ed Abbey said...

It's very hard, even with a book. Like someone previously said, at times you have to do spore counts to determine different species within a family.

Every spring in Iowa, the entire population disappears into the woods to look for morel mushrooms. I call it the mushroom madness. Here is one of my past archived stories about them:

Forgetting the Pople In My Mushroom Madness

Tim Rice said...

Hi, cergie. So much the better. I served up a page that interested many people. :)

Hi, ed abbey. Thanks for your comments. I realize from these comments that naming mushrooms is not easy. I enjoyed your story about mushroom madness in Iowa.