Saturday, October 20, 2012

OFF-TOPIC: Impressions from a Walk through the Forest

Just a few impressions from a walk through the forest these days. While the weather is still nice and quite mild this is the opportunity to stroll through the forests and see what Mother Nature has in her portfolio...

Schopftintling - edible young

(Coprinus comatus - shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane)

not sure what this is...

Hallimasch (edible)
Armillaria mellea - Honey Fungus

Another version of this is Armillaria solidipes and it is known to be one of the largest living organisms, where scientists have estimated a single specimen found in Malheur National Forest in Oregon to have been growing for some 2,400 years, covering 3.4 square miles and colloquially named the "Humongous Fungus."(Wikipedia)

(Stropharia aeruginosa - verdigris agaric)

the Moss Manikin (there is a legend behind this)

Täubling - some of them are edible


(all photos ©Petra Voegtle)
Years ago - exactly before 1986 - we used to stroll through the forests and collect mushrooms for eating. This was always much fun and very relaxing even if you did not find enough for a soup. But since the disaster of Tschernobyl the mushrooms are contaminated still by the radioactive fall-out especially here in Bavaria and will be for the next couple of hundreds years!!! You can eat these mushrooms if you don't do it too often but to stay on the safe side you rather should not.


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