Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mycophilia: The Wild Hunt 2014

Last year's Wild Hunt chronicles came to a screeching halt with the sudden & most disturbing coma-like sleep of the laptop. Let it not happen again this year.

Wee Ones snacking on an Emetic Russula (Russula emetica).  Obviously less troubling to their systems.
Wee Ones snacking on an Emetic Russula (Russula emetica).
Obviously less troubling to their systems.


Last year I wrote in the never completed, never published entry: 

"When we hunt, we hunt for food,
& non-food supplies,
but even more fervently, we hunt for Beauty. It is so easy to find.
It's the experience of being present that drives us, the excitement of discovery, sharing, learning, knowing. The familiarity & the unknown. The piecing together of connections, relationships...
"

And this is all still true, but I discovered something else this year.

Sometimes, when I am out there in the forest, either alone or accompanied by my people, I get high. That is to say, the hunting (or something) gives me a high & unsophisiticated as it sounds, there is no more straightforward was of describing it.

The Hunt makes me high. 

Or something.

And when this happens, my head swims & everything smells in technicolour & I can 'hear' (intuit?) whisperings (or is it that I sense presences, like radar?) & I get a little frenetic & breathe fast & perhaps I get a bit sloppy because this is when I stumble over logs & nearly step on moose & ptarmigans & anyone else who isn't a fungi...

And just to be completely clear (a laughable aim, I admit) it isn't the acquisition that feels good -- it is the discovery, the sensing & the knowing.

With that, some fungi porn from our wanderings during this Wild Hunt 2014. 

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This year seems to have an abundance of brown. For the humans who like nomenclature, everything below we will just call an "LBM" unless otherwise indicated, partly because I don't know everything & partly because I really would rather be back outside than labeling photographs.




Fried Chicken Mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes).
Fried Chicken Mushroom (Lyophyllum decastes).

Brownie Cup (Peziza repanda)?
Brownie Cup (Peziza repanda)?

Grisette hatchling. (Amanita pachycolea)
Grisette hatchling. (Amanita pachycolea)

Also brown, but not a fungi. What?

Pear-shaped Puffballs. Lycoperdon pyriforme.
Pear-shaped Puffballs. Lycoperdon pyriforme.

Lepiota spp.
Lepiota spp.

Gypsy Mushroom. (Rozites caperata)
Gypsy Mushroom. (Rozites caperata)

Polypores, so pretty.




 



Gemmed Puffballs. (Lycoperdon perlatum)
Gemmed Puffballs. (Lycoperdon perlatum)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), immature.  Also brown. Also not a fungi.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), immature.
Also brown. Also not a fungi.





What the helvella? A Gyromitra!
What the helvella? A Gyromitra!


A Funny-Guy. Probably.
A Funny-Guy. Probably.

But there are other shades of colour too...


Green Russula. (Russula aeruginea)
Green Russula. (Russula aeruginea)

Belly Button Hedgehog. (Hydnum umbilicatum)
Belly Button Hedgehog. (Hydnum umbilicatum)

Probably Clavaria pyxidata.
Probably Clavaria pyxidata.

 


Probably Fluted Black Elfin Saddle,  (Helvella lacunosa) but a bit moldy to be sure.
Probably Fluted Black Elfin Saddle,
(Helvella lacunosa) but a bit moldy to be sure.

Yellow Earth Tongues. (Spathularia flavida)
Yellow Earth Tongues. (Spathularia flavida)

 Black Cup Fungi nestling in a bed of moss & growing some mold.
Black Cup Fungi nestling in a bed of moss & growing some mold.

My Love. Pom Pom du Blanc.  (Hericium coralloides formerly H. ramosum.)
My Love. Pom Pom du Blanc.
(Hericium coralloides formerly H. ramosum.)




Sleeping?
Sleeping?

Some of us look better with age.
Some of us look better with age.

 


Witch's Hats. (Hygrocybe conica)
Witch's Hats. (Hygrocybe conica)



Probably Fuligo septica.
Probably Fuligo septica.

Bleeding Hydnellum (Hydnellum peckii)
Bleeding Hydnellum. (Hydnellum peckii

Pholiota spp.
Pholiota spp.



Bearded Milk Cap. (Lactarius torminosus) A new friend.
Bearded Milk Cap. (Lactarius torminosus)
A new friend.

Russula spp.
Russula spp.

Golden Coral. (Ramaria flava)
Golden Coral. (Ramaria flava)

 


Possibly an omen, G. fallax.
Possibly an omen, G. fallax.







Russula spp.
Russula spp.

Saffron Milk Cap. (Lactarius deliciosus) Also a new friend.
Saffron Milk Cap. (Lactarius deliciosus)
Also a new friend.

And finally, something truly suggestive (to the human sensibility anyway). Because that is how some fungi roll...


Alaska Gold. (Phaeolepiota aurea)
Alaska Gold. (Phaeolepiota aurea)


End fungi porn transmission.
Off to seek more.


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