Thursday, July 15, 2010
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Screw Christmas. Take a hike, Santa Claus. It's the shank of summer, and Great Nature has begun to bestow upon us her most splendid gifts--chanterelles, black trumpets. Now we'll look for puffballs, hen of the woods, tooth mushrooms. It's the most wonderful time of the year.
The forest floor is just rife with fungi, edible, and not, all remarkably beautiful. Even if you only want to make a photo safari, it's a great time of year to head for the woods. Though there are mosquitoes. And watch out for the nettles--nasty.
More fungal fun to follow. I owe Nate--tweets as homebrewer--and Martha and Tom thanks for tipping me off to the early fruiting; I usually start to look for chanterelles in early August. From now on, in a wet July, I'll take Bastille Day to mean, Cherchez les girolles!
Golden, gregarious, glorious:
Text and photos copyright 2010 by Brett Laidlaw