Shrooms

shroomsΒ© 2014 Michael Fiveson

After several days of hard evening rains, this is what appeared up against my large cottonwood tree. I guess this kind of clustering happens at the base of a tree. Does anyone know what kind of mushrooms they are? I wish I could eat them all, with butter.

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36 thoughts on “Shrooms

  1. oooh, your pretty ‘shrooms look remarkably similar to the ones I saw in many places along the Camino last fall. I’ll take a look at my notes and let you know asap! (did you know I’m writing a book about my Camino?)

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    • I did not know about your book, but I think it will be well written and I’d like to hear a bit more about it….
      Do let me know about my shrooms, eh.

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  2. I had a friend who ate wild mushrooms (even described in books as poisonous). Last time I saw him he was alive and well. But…it was 40 years ago.

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  3. Do you think it’s safe to say this summer Colorado won’t be struggling with a drought? Mushrooms, special brownies….we do live in Colorado after all πŸ™‚

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    • Too early to say if there will be a drought. If I had to guess I’d say it will be too hot, too dry, and we’ll be dealing with fires again. I’d like to be wrong.
      Special brownies indeed. I once made a batch, many years ago, that were so bad I had a gag reflex with each bite. Then Judy and I got on a plane a flew to New York. 3 1/2 hour trip felt like 25 minutes. I guess the brownies sold today are delicious. Might have to go get me one.

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      • Hmm, could be interesting. I routinely make ‘normal’ – ‘regular’ brownies and I wanted to share a couple with a camp host that had been particularly nice. He looked at me very quizzically as he accepted the plate. I’m not sure if he ever tried them as he avoided us after that. I guess those of us with Colorado license plates are viewed questionably. Perhaps he was disappointed πŸ˜‰

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      • I have read of people with Colorado plates being pulled over by the police in other states and being harassed and searched. That’s not so cool.
        And you, you are way nice. Brownies indeed.

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  4. Mushrooms make some of the most interesting photos, not to mention tasty treats. My father was a big shroom hunter but I wouldn’t know one from the other.

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  5. Hi Mike
    This is Honingzwam (Armillaria )
    .There are in this family more than 40 different .Some you can eat ather coocking but other are poisson..You have his name know and you can see more on Wikipedia.

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      • I agree they are some sort of Armillaria – on cottonwood likely not edible like honey mushrooms on other tree species. Regardless, they are a symptom of the decline of the tree. If it is in your yard or near a structure, you’ll want to watch closely.

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      • It is in my yard and it is in decline. It got hit real hard in recent years by early winter snow storms. That, and it is an old tree.

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  6. Alas I do not like mushrooms one bit, but I like the idea of them magically popping up. I’m not a very good vegetarian I guess. Lot’s of restaurant’s offer non-meat items but often throw in mushrooms as a meat alternative. Yuk, skip supper….bring on desert πŸ˜€

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