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Back in the thicket of things

6 Aug

I was thinking a pin cherry popsicle would taste pretty fine today, but it has been so dry in my area I suspect the birds could uses these pin cherries more than us. You’ll need to click on to notice the pin cherries in the Pin cherry trees in above photo. The wild raspberries were very ripe though with many falling to the ground and no evidence of bear visiting this area and when I was done gathering there, 99% of the ripe berries were still available for whoever pass by so once again some very pleasing raspberry juice and popsicle it is for this afternoon’s treat.

Here are photos of a couple of viburnum shrubs –highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) in the photo above and some unripe wild raisins (Viburnum cassinoides) below. I’ll probably freeze some of these fruits in the fall as they are common around here.

Surrounded by thicket was a small area of less than 10 trees of young spruce, balsam fir and poplar with a few of the most common forest fruit in my area on the ground. Here below are some bunchberries ( Cornus canadensis). You may choose to click on to notice these fruit close up.

The surprise of the day was finding a choice wild edible mushroom in this dry weather and also being in this thicket location where summer edible wild mushrooms are not foraged for, so without further adieu here is a nice little 4 oz Lobster mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum). I noticed the orange color from 50 feet away and definitely thought Lobster mushroom though the location spoke of maybe some rolled up orange trail marking material.

This photo is interesting as you can still notice the original Russula mushroom gill ridges beneath the parasitic Lobster mushroom which when fully mature covers the white mushroom within it.

These mushroom don’t only looks a bit like cooked lobster, the scent of seafood is also present, the texture though has a pleasant crunch. I like to use lobster mushrooms pan-fried as the main ingredient in a toasted sandwich and also in soups, or dried and powdered to add a seafood flavor to a variety of other dishes.  ciao

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Under the pines and aspens

27 May

Here is a look at a fully ripe teaberry, (Gaultheria procumbens) these little treats have a wintergreen flavor, but if your allergic to aspirin you’ll be unable to eat these safely. With the aid of a white pine cone I was able to display the expanded fruit’s interesting shape which naturally faces down. Click on to check it out.

Lady’s slipper (Cyrpripedium acaule) are real common in many of the maritime forest types and this one is no exception.

A close-up

Bunchberry appears to only have one flower though each little section in the central part could produce a red berry, so this one may have a dozen berries in a few months. This forest plant is very common here.               Enjoy the common things,—- when——now, ciao.