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Wild Mushroom Workshop and Foray

14 Sep

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A great variety of wild mushrooms are making an appearance in Maritime forest at this time and in Moncton there will be a 3 hr Workshop on Sept 21  — search  –(Nature Moncton) and click on —activities—- scroll down to Sept 21 —- for details and to register

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The following weekend starting Sept 26 is the annual NS Mycological Society Foray which will be held in Wallace  NS a good central location for Maritimers, —search—-NS Mushrooms or http://www.nsmushroom.org – for details

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The wild mushroom I’ve featured today is a bit of a colourful rarity in this area of world and workshops and forays are a great opportunity to see the amazing forms of life often left unknown to us.

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As we become more aware of the naturally provided foods, medicinal plants and mushrooms along with acknowledging their beauty we will definitely be naturally engaged in their which is inevitably our own protection and well being.

DSC07247Here is a coconut scented mushroom, in wild mushroom discovery scent, texture, density and color all come into play. More than 3/4 of the folks who visit my post are from areas outside Canada so to all of you local and otherwise I wish you naturally pleasant trails. ciao

Old friends and beautiful strangers

31 Mar

Here is a small hill approximately 3 acres in size in the middle of the marsh which is home to some interesting inhabitants. The hill-side is rather dry so I was surprised to see Labrador-tea growing here as I have gathered berries here for decades and these old friends never drew my attention. Notice the brown woolly underside of the leaves. These leaves can be collected year round to make a very unique tea.

I’ve seen somebody on the web selling the dried leaves for tea and also a jelly which could be quite good. Labrador-tea’s taste is hard to describe, though I always look forward to a cup of it.

The buds appearing at the top of the stems will produce around 5 inches of new stem growth with around 8 new woolly white leaves in June with a group of 6 to 12 white flowers which also can be used to make a tea.

Some dried Aronia berries from last year.

A photo of some Aronia berries I’m thawing out for muffins. There has been some buzz in North America in recent years concerning this healthful berry. Some folks in Iowa are showing an interest in this plant which has already been popular in Poland for a number of years, of course 10,000 years ago humans and other creatures were quite fond of them in N.A. as this is Aronia’s natural home.

Here are some Fox berry plants also known as Lingonberry.

Since we did just see Fox berry plants and also by the size of this hole I suspect this is a fox den, there were 4 other holes within 30 ft of this one. I was surprised to see so many exits.

I do not know my lichens and mosses by name though I wanted to show you a few photos of these just the same. click on these pics, I find they are nice thought stoppers. I could look up the names, no lets keep it a mystery.

Nature is always in season long before the berries are ripe. Have a great weekend and relax and enjoy the true nature you are always presently seeing.

Selenite, chaga steaks and tea post

24 Mar

Just relaxing enjoying a chaga tea while viewing a blewit I entered in my image page last night.

Since a nice chunk of Selenite was already on our step, it seems only polite for it to share the spot light with the Chaga steaks I’ve sliced for drying today. If you are going to dry your own Chaga I suggest you keep your temperature around 120 degrees F or below.

Click on the photo below to see the many thin transparent  layer.

Here is a  close up of the Selenite, this particular piece I collected 25 years ago just under the water level of a steep banked sinkhole pond, I had a challenging time getting down to it as I noticed it shining from the opposite side of the pond and ended up laying head first from the bank feeling for it and eventually was able to bring it up. Travelling that area is interesting as many of the sinkholes are collapsed caves, one small lake in the area is over 200 ft deep. At the time of my Selenite collection it appeared to be freshly exposed earth with the transparent gypsum peeking out here and there.I wasn’t sure what it was then, other than it was unusual, I bought the audubon field guide for rocks and minerals soon after and this made my wild food  adventures even more enjoyable as it opened my eyes a little wider to things in general. Have a great weekend naturally.

View from the ridge

9 Mar

The view from this ridge has been enjoyed for many milleniums, it is my pleasure to share it with you tonight

The sun appears to be sinking into the water with the land on the other side, lots of illusions out here. click on to enjoy the big picture

here is how I go home

4 Mar

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Turkey tails, trees, all in one

18 Feb

Today I’m sharing with you my desktop background picture, which in North America goes by the name Turkey Tails (Trametes versicolor). This mushroom can be found circumpolar, so it is one of the most common fungus around and is becoming more well known to folks outside of the forest due to it being a source of PSK which is being used in many countries for treating certain types of cancer.

Below are a couple different views of a downed maple tree trunk with adorning Turkeytails. Here one can’t help but be seeing how alive a so called dead tree can only be.