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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fungus Time

Photos from today's walk.

Mushrooms everywhere.

I will not begin to try to identify them.

Master Mushroom gatherer of the woods. A Douglas Squirrel will gather, dry and store mushrooms. They get pretty defensive of their favorite patches.


  1. That's a lot of fungus! And, how funny that the Douglas Squirrel will gather and dry mushrooms. I don't think our grey squirrels do that.

    Just out of curiosity, do your deciduous forests turn the brilliant colors that the Eastern forests do? Or, does the very different weather produce a different kind of fall leaf?

  2. We do not get the spectacular color like in the east. The Sugar Maple does not grow wild here. Our Vine Maple can be pretty wonderful, but it is small and subtle. Alder, Big-leaf Maple and Cottonwood dominate and usually they are yellow to brown.

    We do have Larch, a conifer that turns golden yellow. I am hoping to see them next weekend.

    The low shrubs of the forest can get pretty colorful. Oregon Grape , Huckleberry and Blueberry can turn wonderful reds and rusts.