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fall goal list : more new mushrooms

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Around two weeks ago I shared the shaggy ink caps I discovered at the beach but a few days after that I found something possibly a little bit more exciting! On our weekly family hike with my parents we were driving by a cemetery when I spotted some mushrooms. On the way back from our hike we stopped to check them out. They were so pretty!
 
 From where the white ones (which I'm not 100% sure what they are) were in the cemetery I could look over to the other side and see some more. I was pretty satisfied with my finding (plus this was the day I found the skull in the woods so I was already on cloud nine) but I decided to take a walk to the other side and check out what was over there and I am glad I did! 

There were some American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric mushrooms, which is so close to my dream mushroom it hurts. (Amanita Muscaria, I'll find you someday!) They were so beautiful. These photos literally do not even begin to do them justice, both in beauty and size. These were easily the biggest beautiful mushroom I've ever seen. (I've seen some pretty ugly big mushrooms...)
 
 What originally caught my attention as we drove by the first time was the fact I though I saw a "fairy circle". A fairy circle is where a group of mushrooms grow in a ring shape, sometimes they can even be up to 33ft in diameter! I've never seen one in person and I thought this was going to be the day. Alas it wasn't a full circle but hey, an arch is better than nothing at all. Some day I'll find one, maybe even a fairy circle of fly agaric mushrooms! A girl can dream can't she? 
 
I picked a few of my favorite specimens to bring home, dry and display. They're currently drying in my craft room. It's been around two weeks and they're just about done. I'll share some photos once they're completely dry! It's so neat how much different they look already.

The one in my left hand (so the right side of the picture) is one of the mushrooms from the 3rd photo down (it's the one on the right side of the photo). I think seeing it in my hand will definitely give you a better idea of how big this thing was because in the photo of it beside the others it doesn't look very large at all.
(Sorry for sharing a not awesome picture, but it was getting dark and I needed to have a picture of me and these gorgeous mushrooms!)

Hope you're having a fabulous day!
xoxo

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  1. I love the mushrooms! I never imagined that mushrooms would be so interesting, I love coming over here to your blog and finding a little bit more about them. These ones were indeed beautiful and huge. I've always wanted to come across a fairy circle. If you ever do I'll be extremely jealous.

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  2. That does look like one gigantic mushroom! We had a fairy circle (we call them witch circles in Danish) in the backyard of the house I grew up in. I'm sad that I don't know what kind though, just that they were small brown ones. I really want to go mushroom hunting now! Next year I guess.

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  3. WOW!!!! Those mushrooms are really big! And beuatiful!!! Really amazing!
    Keep dreaming about your fairy circle of fly agaric mushrooms... onde day, it will come true!

    xoxo

    Monica

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  4. You seriously need to come on down to my backyard. I have a few different types of mushrooms growing here. Hey, If I sent you some pics, could you tell me what kind they are?

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  5. I'm looking for a fairy circle for years! In France, we call it "Rond de sorcières"(Witch circle). I just love the idea!

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  6. Holy cow!! Those are gorgeous!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, that mushroom is gigantic! :)

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  8. That is huge! I have never seen a mushroom that big, maybe it was because I'm not really a fan of them. I can't even eat mushrooms :/
    http://chamomiledealer.blogspot.com/

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  9. These are AMAZING!
    I was totally obsessed with fairy circles and mushrooms like this back when I was a girl guide, but I think that had more to do with how those things fit into the guide mythology. I just can't get over how large those mushrooms are or how beautiful the colours and shapes are! The white ones look almost like drawings of sakura blossoms. For mushrooms so large and dense they have an oddly delicate feel to them, it's so interesting!
    --Erin
    Predictions for the Past

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  10. Beautiful! We have so much Amanita muscaria here in Austria, though I have never seen any of these yellow ones (and to be honest, I did not knew they exist until this very moment)...
    Just another thing - on the last pictures it looks like you digged out the mushrooms in whole or am I wrong?! If you would cut them on the strunk just below where they grow out of earth they would have the chance to regrow some day.

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  11. Love love love your posts about mushrooms. A few years back I was in the forest near a small town in Belgium, called Loppem. My mother in-law and I found a fairy circle of the brightest red mushrooms we'd ever seen. it was rather huge.. maybe 12 ft in diameter. Sadly, we didn't bring our cameras that day. We went to a coffee shop later that night, and told one of the locals about it, and he shrugged and said that he sees those things every day when he walks his dog!! I'd love to go back and try to see it again!

    xo sarah

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  12. Wow they really are huge! I wish I could find mushrooms like this where I live, I'm lucky if I see any let alone interesting ones like this! x

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  13. So cool!! It is my dream to see a whole fairy circle too! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. so many gorgeous mushrooms! so lovely.
    & i actually like your last photo, it looks like its from adispoable camera or something.

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  15. Come out to the Pacific Northwest! I found a bunch of different Amanita Muscarias the first time I went mushroom hunting and have seen them since. Unfortunately, I didn't take nice pictures at all four years ago, but... http://imgur.com/a/csg6l

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  16. I have never seen such huge mushrooms. I mean I've seen and held some big ones but I think you win.
    What do you do once the mushrooms are dry? I know you display them but do you keep them for... forever after that? Like bag them up and put them in the basement until you want to show them off again? Or are they only good for a few weeks/months?

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  17. Wow, the colors are so pretty! And I think that's the biggest mushroom I've seen. After you dry your mushrooms, what do you do with them?

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  18. I've never heard of a fairy circle, but now I really want to find one :) I love that you are such an avid mushroom hunter! Thanks for schooling us on all these different finds!

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  19. Wow they are HUGE!!! I never knew mushrooms could get so big!!

    We used to get fairy circles on the field of my primary school all the time, but we'd usually catch them after the mushrooms had gone and just the faint ring is left in the grass.

    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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  20. Holy cow! I can't believe how big those mushrooms are! That's amazing!

    --Christina

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  21. I am so jealous of all your fancy fungi! Our mushrooms are only present for a short time on the ranch. These are some beautiful discoveries!

    Love & Lollies... Jessa

    Caked Vintage Blog

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  22. I have never been a big fan of mushrooms unless they were in food. But your enthusiasm is causing me to have mushroom fever!

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  23. Kaylah, do you have a specific field guide that you prefer to use for your identification? I'm looking for a good one and there seem to be quite a few out there!

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  24. That's a huge mushroom! Normally I find mushrooms to be really, really, really creepy but you've taught me that there's loads of beautiful ones out there.

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  25. Wow! They are just beautiful! I wish I could find some lovely ones around here! :)

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  26. wow! i can not talk really.
    this is magnificent and so beautiful, the nature is perfect, is the most perfect existent! haha sorry, i'm so surprised.
    almost jumped up when i saw these mushrooms.

    greetings!

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  27. I hope you find your fairy ring soon. We had one in our yard as a kid, just around the time I was reading Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood. It was utterly magic.

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  28. Wow, these pictures are absolutely amazing! I really like the last one despite it being a bit dark. Mushrooms are so fascinating.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  29. I've always loved mushrooms and I happen to like that photo of you :) it's wintery and magical.

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  30. I think that photo of you holding the mushrooms is awesome!! You should do more pics where the things you're holding are in focus and the background is all blurred...depth of field? I'm not sure but that piccy rocks!

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  31. Wow at that last pic! That mushroom is just magnificent!

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  32. Those are amazing. And I found this link and thought you might be interested in some of the things listed.

    http://www.squidoo.com/mushroom-merchandise-gifts

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  33. I'm loving your mushroom posts! I actually took some pictures of mushrooms last year when I was going mushroom hunting with my partner family (for edible mushrooms) and they actually look awfully a lot like your dream mushrooms. I just googled them and they look really red, while the ones I took pictures of look a bit more orange than red but they weren't mature enough... Here's the post of the pictures in case you want to check. ( http://pocketmoss.blogspot.ca/2012/11/forest-treasures.html ) I need to get better at identifying mushrooms! My partner's family is Polish so often I mostly know the Polish names and not the English names of the mushrooms! They also only really pay attention to the edible ones (yumyum).

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  34. Though this is an old post, I just linked you from my blog post about explorers. You are a really cool explorer. =D

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