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Archive for December, 2009
Climbing up the mushroom ladder to get to #1…
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged artist's polypore, Ganoderma applanatum, Oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, polypores, Prospect Park, Purple tooth polypore, Trichaptum abietinum on December 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Oyster mushrooms are busting out or crumbling apart come late fall and the hard polypores are holding on tight for the oncoming winter.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Auricularia auricula, Common split gill, cramp balls, Orange Mock Oyster, Phyllotopsis nidulans, Schizophyllum commune, tree ear on December 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Slugs and shrooms…
It is late fall and though there’s less and less mushrooms that I can find, the ones I do find make some purty compositions with fall colors all complimenting each other and stuff. The deep reds, browns, oranges and yellows make me feel cozy.
It’s getting to be late fall so there’s and less mushrooms I’m finding in the park. But lo and behold, on a narrow median between the sidewalk and street in front of a big house on President Street in Crown Heights, there’s a whole nuclear family of mushrooms popping up. They’re stout with a rather boxy cap. Their gills are not exposed yet but I ask for permission from the home owner to pluck a few. But not before taking some photos of these intriguing things.
I brought some home but none of the gills were exposed for me to do a spore print. I hoped to visit the cluster daily so I could pick one that was open. But the next day, they were all gone. Not a trace. My guess is that the home owner either wanted to get rid of them all so no one else would come bothering her about it, or that she just thought they were bad news on her property. Who knows. People are scared of mushrooms sometimes, especially if they have kids or think someone is going to pick them, eat them, and perish.
I dreamt about these mushrooms though, that they were called “boxhead clubfoot mushrooms.” I googled that in the morning but nothing came up. Lemme know if you know what these (or any of these mushrooms on this blog) are. Thanks!!
Ravenel’s stinkhorn, Phallus ravenelii, is popping up in Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and front yards of houses in Crown Heights in the fall. I hatch a Ravenel’s stinkhorn egg on the windowsill of our room. It fascinates me for days. Check out the slideshow to see pics from this endeavor.
Is it hot in here or what?! Here is a picture of a sliced open egg. Apparently, the Ravenel’s stinkhorn is all smushed in the egg as is. It pops and expands when it absorbs water. Weird! If you’ve smelled these, I’d be curious to hear what you think they smell like. I am too embarrassed to say.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Calvatia gigantea, chicken of the woods, Coprinus micaceus, dog stinkhorn, Giant Puffball, Laetiporus sulphureus, Mica inky caps, Mutinus caninus, Prospect Park, puffballs, Sulfer Shelf on December 13, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
We’re about a mile walk along Eastern Parkway, a lovely tree- and bench-lined path to all sorts of Brooklyn attractions, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Library, and my favorite, the lovely Prospect Park. Off I go to root around and see what I find in the park. I’ve started to volunteer to do litter pickup in the forest too so I can see what’s out there. Sometimes I hafta remove some pretty nasty things (with my long-reaching tongs of course) to uncover some mushrooms. Ahhh, New York City!
While doing litter pick up in Prospect Park, I thought this weird thing (picture below) was discarded styrofoam trash. It’s a giant puffball!! I tumbled it around and it had a little root like thing underneath. I couldn’t believe it. Apparently if it is solidly white inside, which it looks like it is, it’s good eating. But someone has gotten to it first it seems! I’ve seen at least 2 or 3 of these in Prospect Park. Really odd ball things.
In September 2009, we moved into our new home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NYC. The pounding beat of the West Indian-American Day Parade (and Jouvert) is pumping just a few blocks away. We’re settling into our new home during the holiest weeks of the Jewish calendar and our neighborhood is punctuated by the sound of hammering (Sukkot building), singing, and all-night Lubavitcher bands performing on the street. Right now is the festival of lights.
The mushroom growth is waning as the weather is getting cold. There’s a few holdouts, those hard fungal shelves on trees. The next few posts are some mushroom finds in Brooklyn and the city of New York in general. Enjoy!