Saturday, October 03, 2009

More Samples from the Diversity Table






Nature is so rich and we see so little. If I were out collecting mushrooms on my own, there is no way I could hope to find this variety. But 15 sets of eyes, 15 brains, and look what we find in just two hours. And these pictures show just a few samples.

There was so much information to take in, by the time the ID session was 3/4 through, my brain was full. No more please. But there were many more. I learned plenty, but if tomorrow or next week I can identify five or six more mushrooms than I could before I'll have done well.

Not only is the mushroom kingdom remarkably diverse, a good deal of it has hardly been studied. That is a lot to wrap one's brain around.

11 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

Holy smokes - that's amazing!

Anonymous said...

I see someone found a big honkin Hericum. If you ever find one don't pass it by, they are choice eating but not all that common.. sal

Candy Minx said...

How wonderful. I am so glad you are feeling there is a lot to learn about. Mushrooms are a wonderful adventure!

mister anchovy said...

Sal,
That was the one fungus on the table that was brought in by someone, collected the day before, and not actually part of yesterday's foray.

mister anchovy said...

It's not a feeling. In fact there is a lot to learn about, an enormous amount. There is a lot that hasn't been studied, and now it won't be studied in the old way. Instead it will be studied using DNA.

nursemyra said...

that last mushroom is really wild

Stagg said...
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Candy Minx said...

By feeling I meant I am so glad this course is exciting and keeping your passion for mushrooms. I was responding to the excitement in your posts...not the science aspect. Sorry if the choice of the word feeling sounded less valuable than the amount of knowledge you are studying. I was happy to see you enjoying the course so much, thats all.

:)

sp said...

There is so much to learn. I am a novice, but just in a couple of weeks I've learned so much just by picking and bringing them home to identify.

I always enjoy your mushroom pictures.

Gardenia said...

This is starting to sound really fun. Have you considered getting a really nice notebook, colored pencils, sketching the mushrooms and making notes? Would be a piece of art in itself and also would be a beautiful way to preserve everything you are learning as well as be fabulous reference material. You are probably already doing this...

I am taking an immunity capsule made up of many different mushrooms - some even have cancer fighting properties - all very interesting!

tomas adison said...

I think it's local name is masrum. I like this food.
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