Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Fall is Fungus Time

I have seen quite a variety of mushrooms growing on lawns and boulevards, in the woods and on trees recently.

It is mushroom time of the year. The recent wet weather has produced a large variety of mushrooms in the city.

Fresh from the camera:

I saw someone crouched down on the side of the road and realized he had found a large patch of amanita muscaria mushrooms. I took pictures but did not pick any, something this bright can't be good for you. If you squint maybe you will see a fairy or two.

I think this is a variant of the a. mascaria, it is definitely a lighter colour:

As are these "puff balls":

It is not a good idea to pick wild mushrooms unless you know what you are doing.
In France and Italy you can take wild mushrooms that you have gathered to a pharmacy, and the pharmacist can tell you the ones that are safe to eat. Here you need someone skilled in mushroom identification to guide you, there are some dangerous look-a-likes in the mushroom world.
The Vancouver Mycological Society meets monthly and members can take their mushrooms finds to be identified.
"A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source." Wikipedia
I thought these next ones looked like a fairy ring:


A clump of small mushrooms:

Here are more from the forest:
Mushroom facts from :
"Mushrooms are fungi. Fungi are as uniquely different from plants as plants are from animals. In fact, fungi and animals are now in the same super-kingdom, Opisthokonta."

"Fungi recycle plants after they die and transform them into rich soil. If not for mushrooms and fungi, the Earth would be buried in several feet of debris and life on the planet would soon disappear."

"Under the right conditions, some mushrooms' spores can sit dormant for decades or even a century, and still grow!"
"Some of the oldest living mushroom colonies are fairy rings growing around the famous Stonehenge ruins in England. The rings are so large that they can best be seen from airplanes."
This is the underside and top of another mushroom.

I have foraged for and picked mushrooms in the wild, with an expert I trusted, and enjoyed the finds of chanterelles and lobster mushrooms. By myself I just take pictures and gather my wild mushrooms by the bag from the market!

Here is a list of wild edible mushrooms from Northern Bushcraft, this link has an extensive list of mushrooms each with a detailed description and picture.

Here are a few amusing (I think) mushrooms quotes:


"Life is too short to stuff a mushroom."
 Shirley Conran
"Mushrooms are like men--the bad most closely counterfeit the good."
"If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools." --Katherine Mansfield
"Falling in love is like eating mushrooms, you never know if it's the real thing until it's too late."
-- Bill Balance


New images from my Studio:

"Kitty Claws":

"Bah! Humbug!":

These are available on my cards site, view all my Christmas cards:

If you would like to order cards to pick up you can save the postage, send a message from the contact page on my website with your choices.


Exciting News:

I am one of the Artists included in the "Great Stuff" exhibit at the Ferry Building in West Vancouver

Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2016:

Ferry Building:
1414 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC

My Christmas cards and small paintings ("Seashore Stills" and "Sticks and Stones") will be on sale at the "Great Stuff" sale.


That's all for this week, thanks for dropping by,

happy Wednesday, with whimsy,



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