Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Wild Mushroom Walk
This past weekend we decided go for a morning walk along the popular Windham Rail Trail in Windham, New Hampshire, so named because it was originally carved out to accommodate a train route. We only walked for a couple of miles but were amazed to find so many wild mushrooms. While it's not uncommon to see lots of them this time of year, especially since this past August had been so wet, I'd never seen so many different varieties in one place before. Unfortunately, none of them looked remotely edible and I'm sure there were a few that were at least mildly toxic. Still, they were all beautiful in their own unique way.
I know next to nothing about wild mushrooms but have always wanted to join a mushroom hunting club. Out of all of the mushrooms we spotted this past weekend, the only ones I recognized immediately were the Jack-O'-Lanterns (Third down on the left and second down on the right). We actually found this huge cluster growing around the base of a tree in our friends' front yard. I wish we could have stuck around to see them glow in the dark.
Anyway, if anyone wants to offer a guess as to what some of these wild mushrooms might be, please do!