Tuesday, July 14, 2009


We have had so much rain lately that mushrooms are sprouting all over the place. I have tried to identify some but have had little luck. To identify a mushroom one must notice several things: the color of its spores, odor, surface texture, gills, shape of cap, certain characteristics of the stalk (if one is present). Some people make spore prints, some even examine certain features under the microscope. If I were going to eat these mushrooms, I certainly would want to make a definite identification, but I will not eat them. I get enough joy out of just finding them.

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