Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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Mushroom Fever

Every fall after the first rains have drenched the parched forest floors my wife is getting restless. Mushroom fever is taking control over her entire being and she will not feel well until she is roaming through the woods in search of the pine and other mushrooms. Among all the choice mushrooms growing in our forests, such as Chanterelle (Pfifferlinge), Lobster, King Boletus, Honey Mushroom, and many others, no fungus can compare in monetary value to the prized Pine Mushroom.  Every fall local and out-of-town mushroom buyers set up shop for the annual harvesting bonanza. This is the time of the year, when people, who would normally sleep a few extra winks on the weekends, get our of bed way before dawn and scour the woods for that elusive fungus.

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Chanterelles (Pfifferlinge) are an absolute delicacy.

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Mushroom Picker’s Delight: A Pine Mushroom Button

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Lobster Mushrooms are rarely as clean as this one.

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Triplets of Boletus Mushrooms

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A Basket Full of Chanterelles

45 comments

  1. Pit · September 19, 2018

    The recent rains brought us some mushrooms inour lawn, too, but I don’t think they’re edible. And I’m not going to try, lest my blogging might abruptly end! 😀

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    • Dina · September 19, 2018

      Many years ago friends of Klausbernd from the local pottery in Cley picked some mushrooms for their supper in our garden. Dick ended up in hospital!

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      • Peter Klopp · September 19, 2018

        Too sad! One definitely needs to be able to identify the mushrooms before attempting to cook and eat them.

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      • Pit · September 19, 2018

        OMG!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 19, 2018

      A certain knowledge of mushroom may be useful for your survival, Pit. The ones I showed on my blog cannot be confused with poisonous ones.

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      • Pit · September 19, 2018

        🙂

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  2. irisgassenbauer · September 19, 2018

    Fantastic! They look like they are from an other planet…

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  3. susurrus · September 19, 2018

    Specialist knowledge really is invaluable when it comes to mushrooms. My sweetheart won’t eat any of them and although I do like mushrooms, chestnut ones are as experimental as I get!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 19, 2018

      I have never been fond of mushrooms, but my sweetheart trained me to like certain so-called choice mushrooms. She also claims that they contain trace minerals, which are good for the immune system.

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      • susurrus · September 20, 2018

        I’m sure she is right.

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      • Des · September 20, 2018

        I wish I knew more about them. My wife just read me an article the other day about trace minerals found only in mushrooms. Good thing I like them. Nice pictures, Peter.

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      • Peter Klopp · September 20, 2018

        With a little bit of caution mushrooms should find entrance into a much ignored part of our eating culture. I am talking about wild mushrooms, of course.The ones in the supermarket have practically no value.

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      • Des · September 21, 2018

        We have lots of them on our property, many varieties. I’d bet that some of them are edible, but I really have no idea. That’s discouraging to hear about supermarket mushrooms.

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  4. Dina · September 19, 2018

    Very interesting read and beautiful captures of the various mushrooms, Peter. I’m only familiar with the Chanterelles. You find lots of kantarell in the woods of Sweden and Norway and it’s so delightful with an omelette. It’d be wonderful to try the Lobster, the Boletus and the Pine mushrooms.

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  5. Rashmi Gopal Rao · September 19, 2018

    So interesting Peter! Thanks for sharing such wonderful captures:)

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  6. PlantsandBeyond · September 19, 2018

    Oh My, you brought me to my childhood. I so very much wish I could mushroom hunting here, in the US. But don’t know much about it. It’s amazing what you found and collected, Peter. So wonderful to this today. Let us know how they tasted 🙂

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  7. arv! · September 19, 2018

    Quite some variety of mushrooms

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  8. rabirius · September 19, 2018

    The wonderful world of mushrooms. Excellent!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 19, 2018

      The various shapes, habitats and degree of culinary pleasure they produce is absolutely amazing.

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  9. Stella, oh, Stella · September 19, 2018

    They look delicious, Peter, great photos! We love chanterelles. Last year we managed to find some. The boletus looks nice. The dictionary says that it is Steinpilz, but I don’t think they look like that, must be another Röhrenpilz …

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    • Peter Klopp · September 19, 2018

      It definitely belongs to the Steinpilz family. My wife and I know a few ‘secret’ spots in our woods, where we can pick 10 pounds of chanterelles in less than an hour. The ones we cannot eat we dry for storage.

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  10. Robert Parker · September 19, 2018

    Very nice photos. That first picture, of the chanterelles, it lit just right, and reminded me of an illustration I always liked as a boy, in a science textbook – a freeze frame photo, of a drop of milk hitting and splashing

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    • Peter Klopp · September 20, 2018

      Confession: the first photo which you liked best has been taken from the collection of photos that is now built into WordPress. It is not mine. Sorry, Robert!

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      • Robert Parker · September 20, 2018

        That’s ok Mr K, I still like it! 🙂. I tried some coral mushrooms a couple of weeks ago, not bad, but not as good as chanterelles

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  11. Amy · September 19, 2018

    I do love mushrooms—but I will leave it to those more expert than I am to pick the right ones.

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    • Peter Klopp · September 20, 2018

      For the ones they are safe to pick and have hardly any poisonous look-alikes.

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  12. kopfundgestalt · September 20, 2018

    Bild 1 und 3 wundervoll. Bei 1 das Unterlicht und bei 3 die Beschaffenheit des “Unterdaches”. Ich mag das im übrigen gerne, die Oberflächenbeschaffenheit sichtbar zu machen.

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  13. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · September 20, 2018

    Steinpilze und Reherl ( Pfifferlinge), are the most delicious mushrooms , I remember back than from Germany, mit Ruehrei und einem Butterbrot, oh so heavenly, especially when you find them yourself in the forest. The Chanterelle’s we get here, I guess from Canada not sure, aren’t just the same, as like back from Germany, I guess because they are from Costco. Anyhow, enjoy the season.

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  14. beautifulbarbadosblog · September 21, 2018

    All I know about mushrooms is that they make a breakfast special. That’s all I know.
    Super clear photos. Thanks.

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  15. Ruth · September 23, 2018

    Surely you saw an elf or fairy under a mushroom!

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  16. dunelight · September 24, 2018

    Shooting fungus….painful for the arthritic..we have so many cool fungus on this planet.

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  17. Sue · September 24, 2018

    Marvellous mushrooms!

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  18. Sarah · September 25, 2018

    Wonderful pictures of such a variety of mushrooms, Peter! And I can completely understand your wife’s mushroom fever – is there anything better than to pick fruits, veggies and mushrooms in the wilds? Somehow they always taste so much better than anything bought. 😊

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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2018

      You are so right about the flavour of things picked in the wild, Sarah! The wild blueberries we pick in early summer taste so much better than the commercial ones sold in the supermarkets.

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      • Sarah · September 27, 2018

        I bet they do! There´s luckily a lot to pick in our public parks too: sea buckthorn, rose hips, wild apples and quince, one just has to know where to look. 😉

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  19. floresphotographic · September 30, 2018

    Amazing!

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  20. Ankur Mithal · October 2, 2018

    The bounty of nature. For us to protect and ensure it endures.

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