Welcome to Fungi Forager.My name is Whitey Hitchcock and I hunt, identify, paint (watercolors), eat, and generally enjoy members of the Kingdom Fungi. I also forage and eat/sell other wild organisms like ramps, fruits, berries etc.
During my high school teaching career, I began a teaching web site that, among other things, had an on-line journal of our activities – both Ecology and Physiology. I was paying personally for the site, so upon retirement I took it down. Now, with more time to devote to my love of fungi, it just seemed natural to use a blog to tell my experiences to others; in hopes they might glean some useful information or just share a few laughs – the kind that make you say, “Hey, I’ve been there” or “Never thought of that”. Hopefully both novice and expert will find interesting shards in the detritus of my forays in life. In the end, however, there are many paths to reach the same destination. Mine is not the best or worst – it’s simply mine.
It won’t all be about mushrooms either. You see and experience a lot in the woods while “foraying” (That’s why my first foray, post, was about timber rattle snakes – See: Featured category in the sidebar).
I will be sharing some of my favorite books, both mushroom guides and mushroom cookboosk. In addition, I also paint watercolors of some of my favorite mushrooms, and make greeting cards from the oruiginals. I’ll be developing an “Art” page where they can be purchased.
How about recipes? I’ll do that too, but remember, taste is on the tonque of the be-holder.
From time-to time, I’ll tell you about the the tools I use – what I like and dislike, from hand lenses and walking sticks to food dehydraters and preservation techniques. Plus, whatever interests my readers.