Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday's Hunt, v 2.13

Friday is here once again - seems to happen every week! This week has been extremely busy for me, but I appreciate having the work, so I'm not complaining.  I'm still making time for Friday's Hunt, hosted by Eden Hills. As usual, there are 3 topics for today: Starts with M, Week's Favourite, and Work.

Starts with M
I meant to do a blog on this topic a little while ago, but I didn't get around to it, so I'll do it today!  I wanted to showcase some of the interesting mushrooms I have found growing here around our new home.  Fall is mushroom season here, and there have been some really pretty ones.  I've missed a few, but there were still plenty to photograph this week, so here's a little tour of Claire's Mushrooms.

This yellow one is really vivid.  There are several clumps of it around.

It has a spongy underside, rather than the typical "gills" that you see on many mushrooms.  I think that might mean that it's a bolete species, but I'm not sure.

I do have a mushroom field guide, but at the moment, I haven't got time to look all these up in an effort to identify them.

This is a wood fungus growing on a birch.  There are quite a few of this style of fungus around. This one is on a tree that fell a while ago and is slowly decomposing.

These ones are on live birch trees.

Here's a new mushroom just emerging - I love its bright orange colour.

There are a lot of brown mushrooms of one sort or another.  Some are small and kind of trumpet-like.

Or umbrella-like!

Others are large (I put a sunflower seed on this one to indicate size).

I'm quite sure some are edible, but I don't want to take chances until I properly identify them.  Most of the boletes are edible, so that might be a good target group.

This is an interesting fungal species - some kind of orange jelly-type growth on a stump.

This is my favourite mushroom from the ones that I found on my mushroom walk-about.  It has a vivid red cap with bright white gills underneath.   

Week's Favourite
I managed to photograph a new warbler this week, so that's my favourite for the week.  This is a Nashville warbler.  Thank goodness it doesn't sing country music!  Haha!

There's a lot of work still to be done here in our new home.  Even though we moved in back in June, we're both busy, and this week has been especially busy for me with work projects.  Since I work for myself, I have to take the work when it comes, and that can be a bit of a feast-or-famine situation. So, the work of unpacking and organizing (some things which have been packed for over 5 years since I moved back from Iowa), has been on hold this week.  This is a picture of one of my bookshelves, which is currently in a state of ongoing organization (the left side still needs a lot of attention!).  It's a lot of work to go through all my many books and organize and arrange them.  This shelf is all non-fiction:  cookbooks, gardening books, craft and hobby books, art books, animal care books, etc.  My field guides are on a separate smaller bookshelf right next to my desk, since I use them a lot.

Anyway, the work continues!  It's not exactly a pretty picture, but I didn't have a lot of time today so that's going to have to do!


Tom said...

A "M"ighty "M"assive "M"ushroom collection! Your work looks like too much work!

Jim said...

Hi Claire ~~ Your office looks much better after your move than mine does. And we moved in last year, in Fall. I am sitting in the office writing this as I've carved a way through the still packed boxes to my table for doing my last year's income tax. We get a return so no penalty.
And your mushrooms are great!! I have one, fairly large. But no colored ones, I haven't seen any of them around here.
Do you cook with what you find? Or make tea?

Margaret Adamson said...

A fantastic selection of fungi and I love that little Warbler. I take it you are not a fan of C and W music!! Have a lovely weekend.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I'd be afraid to pick any mushrooms but they make a great photo project.

That is a lot of work. I found when we downsized that I got rid of most of my reference books as it is easy to google anything. And we both read on e-readers.

I would love that bird to sing country music LOL.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

As a kid, I sometimes went mushroom hunting with my dad. That was so much fun. The mushroom on the birch tree almost looks like the type we picked. Your photos are wonderful.

Jeanna said...

Mushroom walk about, love it. I like the red one as well, funny I was just thinking of mushrooms, I think because there was another Friday Hunt pic of a huge mushroom.

porkpal said...

Great mushroom portraits! I have always been fascinated by the wide variety of mushrooms but have never taken the time to learn much about them.

Anonymous said...

What a great assortment of fungi. I love that last one also. Very colorful. Pretty little warbler. I do hope you get a chance to relax and finish unpacking and organizing. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week.

Gattina said...

Nice mushroom pictures, I love your favorite picture the little birdie ! After moving it's true it takes a long time until the last thing is out of the way !

Marie C said...

Love the mushrooms and fungi!

Sharon Wagner said...

I love a good mushroom hunt. Great pics!