Eclipse Week

What a week!! I have no photos of the eclipse, but my neighbor got a magazine cover shot of the “Diamond ring”. During totality, I was twirling around amazed at the 360 degree sunset from the promontory where we set up.

I thought I would share some other photos from the week instead. no particular order.

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Innonotus dryadeus. This red oak is over 4 feet in diameter. There are a total of 6 fruiting bodies and the one on your right (the shelf form) is 20 inches wide. If they last until Friday, at least one will be at Fungi Fest.



IMG_1601If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I like to record turtles eating mushrooms.




IMG_1515The upside down one is the male. That’s how they create more.




Mycena caerulae 2A little blue  Mycena subcaeruleaMycena caerulae 1





IMG_1512Hunting trumpets. The reason my hands are all scratched up in the preceding picture. Got a bunch however.





IMG_0007IMG_0008The weather is drying out, so I went ahead and “Hoovered”, cleaned up, all the black trumpets, large and small. Before I did, however, Ellen came with me and made these great pictures with her new, that day, iPhone 7+..

IMG_0012turtle1When I started this blog, the intent was to let people know what’s coming up in the way of edibles, mixed with just a touch of interesting stuff seen in the woods. I hope you like the pictures of turtles. It is their mating season, and they seem to be enjoying it! What I rat snakebelieve to be a gray rat snake (I’m no herpy) seems to be relaxing after a fine meal and let me get right in his/her face.

The chanterelle flush seems to have slowed up with the temperature rising and humidity falling, but not before before we picked 10 lbs. Not bad for the start of the season. I have never seen such variety of mushrooms as this year – including many that are typically late summer species.

crappieOh, and lest I forget, a trip to LA (lower Alabama for those in the know) yielded a 17-in 2 1/2 lb crappie. My largest ever. Thanks to my brother-in-law’s great 4-acre lake.