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Lady seeks mushroom

October 18, 2006

Mushroom hunting chez culiblog

Dang if foraging for food doesn’t make us giddy! The days don’t get too much better than this…

Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
Not particularly edible, but there was coral growing out of the forest floor that looked like cartoon flames.

Marlein is sharing big treasures, secret spots in the woods where the tasty mushrooms grow. It’s late in the season, but the Polar Circle is enjoying oddly glorious weather. We don our amazing mushroom hunting outfits (pourquoi non?) which of course include big bags with floral motifs and large skirts for holding booty of some sort or another. We’re hoping for boletes but practically trip over the chestnuts the moment we set out. They’re falling all around us, as soon as you pick one up, a big pod rains down and spills out another two.

Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
Dazzling phosphorescent blue mould along the edges!
Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
An elfin lounge.
Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
The least conventionally edible mushroom of the day…

When we spotted this perfect amanita muscaria, I got so excited that I actually let out an uninhibited squeal of joy. Considering our trespassing and entirely unsanctioned foraging, this was kind of hilarious in and of itself, like a burglar getting the giggles. Promise to keep it down next time.

Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
In the most designed country in the world… the moss was like padding on yak felt, 30 cm thick.
Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
Heads up. Or down.
Mushroom hunting chez culiblog
A perfect baby bol├ęetje.

Find yer own dang food.
It’s growing all around you.

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