“’Shrooms”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Up until a few days ago, the ground has been very damp. With this dampness, mushrooms started appearing. Normally, I don’t pay too much attention to mushrooms, but with the bland winter backdrop, these colorful fungi stood out.
There were all kinds, such as these tiny, shiny, orange ones that were about the size of a dime.
Brown ones were around, too.
This red one looked like it was made of wax.
The next two showed off their gills.
This little cluster must be over the remains of a dead tree.
I do not know too much about mushrooms, but I did find a website that would be good for identifying these fungi – Mushroom Expert. Since there are thousands of wild mushrooms, I’ll have to rely on those with a degree in mycology (the study of mushrooms) to expand my knowledge. Besides the mushrooms that are safe to eat, most mushrooms benefit the environment. Most mushrooms fall into this beneficial category. It was interesting to find out that many mushrooms will be found only in conjunction with certain trees. Some will grow only under certain trees such as pines or oaks that they use as a source of food. They also play an important role in the decay cycle esp. in woodland areas.
The next time I see a mushroom on my pizza, I will have a different appreciation for this fungi besides its good taste.