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‘shrooms and other things

October 31, 2012

I’m not sure why but mushrooms seem like a good topic for Halloween

the street I live on is planted with old birch trees, they have a symbiotic relationship with mushrooms

unfortunately the majority are not good for dyeing

“All That the Rain Promises, and More…”  by David Arora is a great pocket/backpack  version of a more comprehensive  guide

spore prints are one means of identification

the book makes identification quick, easy and fun with excellent pictures. Gives recipes for those brave enough to eat their finds, identifies dyeing mushrooms, has haiku/poetry and funny stories.

I get a golden colour from the puff-ball that grow in my front garden (before they go mushy)

The birch bolete, top of picture, is edible but not so for the hallucinogenic, psilocybe semilanceata at the bottom

I usually come home with a handful of lichen for dyeing

Ross Bay Cemetery is good hunting ground

the fog creeps in on ghostly feet.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2012 5:46 am

    ghostly, not little cat feet like in chicago!
    i used to do all sorts of mushroom and lichen dyeing, and of course kept NO records…a little botany training would have been very good for this haphazard artist!


    • November 1, 2012 8:52 am

      Velma – I have to confess, I don’t keep records… just have a lot of fun collecting and doing. maybe some little cat feet, too.


  2. October 31, 2012 8:58 pm

    Ooh, spooky! Happy Hallowe’en. Do you get trick or treaters in your neighbourhood?


    • October 31, 2012 10:48 pm

      Heather – lots of little kids – they are really cute. Started with two 6 month old boys, their dads were having a great time. I turn out the lights when I start getting high school kids with no costumes, just their hands out!


  3. October 31, 2012 5:56 pm

    I’ve been thinking about mushrooms lately, too. They would make a good “nature book” with their little gills like pages. Boo!


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