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Alaska Travels: Accidental Mushroom Hunter




As with my writing, my photography takes me where it will. As soon as I set out for the back woods at my parents home on my arrival in August, there they were; mushrooms of every shape, color and size. Mom and I and the dogs took a walk in Peters Creek Park, and there they were, not only at the edge of the woods and deep inside the understory of birch, cottonwood and fir trees, but we could hardly walk the paths without tripping over mushrooms. Our visit to Homer was the same. I found mushrooms, not only in and around Homer, but in the lush green, moss-covered land around the cabin, and even on the beach-side cliffs.

I’m a researcher at heart. I like to KNOW about things, from every angle possible. I strongly dislike posting photos of plants, weeds and other discoveries, without naming them. That extends to mushrooms, but on this topic, I found myself lost in a sea of too much information. I did spend hours attempting to identify my fungus finds, but finally gave up, leaving the naming to the professionals.

Here are a few favorites and I’ll get over to post the rest on my photo blog soon.


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Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

17 thoughts on “Alaska Travels: Accidental Mushroom Hunter

  1. You always have an eye for the unusual – and closeup!

  2. Fantastic pictures as usual Patti but I’d be worried about sinking my teeth in some of those, they look radioactive, brighter than some of my socks.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  3. Those are gorgeous close ups. I love mushrooms, but the only wild ones I’ve ever eaten came out of a cow patty back in the seventies, bled purple and, after I threw up, sent me on a psychedelic road trip. πŸ˜‰

  4. Mushrooms always make a great subject for photographers. Great colors, strange shapes, and an interesting environment. Great job with some fun perspectives. –Curt

  5. Beautiful ‘shrooms, Patti. I love so many of the images. It’s been a great year for mushrooms in the northeast. I don’t eat them either. Wretchedly sick once from eating wild mushrooms. That will be the last time, thanks.

  6. Wow, the peeling bark looks like molten lava!

  7. “…one tiny difference in β€˜shrooms can be detrimental to our digestive system…” and all of the other ‘systems’ connected too… in some cases…

    Don’t quote me, but they aren’t even considered a plant as I recall… mysterious, strange, and vivid specimens they be…

    The difference between one you [I]could[/I] eat,, and another very similar looking, that you would otherwise live long enough to eat a second time or more… can be as little a subtle difference as how the underside detail is arranged…

    Anyway, I’ll suffer the plain white-button sorts from the grocery (sauteed or marinated)…

    Beautiful images… I wouldn’t touch a one of them fungi…

    Also, I’m told “don’t pull them (edible ones), cut them just above the ground” else you will destroy them… leaving you with less each season to harvest…

    There’s my quasi PSA on shrooms… oh, and friends don’t let friends drive ‘shroomed’ …jus’say’n πŸ˜‰

  8. I’ve never seen such beautiful fungi! Your eye for the beautiful and the strangely beautiful is perfect πŸ™‚

    • Nice to see you out and about today, Marie! I’m glad you like the photos and thank you for such great compliments. I’m heading home from AK today, so maybe I’ll get back to writing! xo

  9. Stunning Patti! Amazing how something so simple can be so exquisite! πŸ˜‰ Sharing now. BTW don’t know why but mushrooms always remind me of Alice in Wonderland. lol πŸ˜‰

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