On a ride by myself last week, I spotted a large fungi beside the track. What better excuse to stop for a breather!

Clumbing the S56 track to Bracken Lane.

Between a couple of hot days, we’ve had a pretty wet summer this year in Tasmania, resulting in some unusual growth for this time of year.

15 thoughts on “Trail fungi

      1. We pick chanterelles mostly, and they are a pretty sure bet. The closest lookalike is nothing like it, really, but I think you’re wise not to risk it if there are ones that resemble each other closely. The phrase we use is: when in doubt, throw it out,

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      2. No, not good advice at all. Actually, even the phrase I offered, about when in doubt, throw it out, presumes that you have a bunch of mushrooms mixed in a bag, and that could be dangerous. I heard of a local fellow, who was an expert on mushrooms, but died from eating the good mushrooms. A deadly mushroom he had mistakenly picked and then thrown out, had rubbed off on the good ones next to it and it was enough to kill him when he ate the good (contaminated) ones. You have to be VERY careful with mushrooms. But if you know your mushrooms, and don’t pick others that you wonder about, it’s a great outdoor activity and the mushrooms are wonderfully tasty.

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      3. Wow!! That’s a pretty serious lesson on how strong/dangerous they can be and that even the experts can get it wrong. At a certain time of the year I’ve seen groups up here looking for “golden tops”. I think I’ve photographed them but never tempted to risk trying them.

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    1. Thanks, I only had my phone (S20) with me. It’s not brilliant for close ups but these were big. Plenty of fungi here in winter, I love hunting for them 🙂

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  1. I would love to learn more about mushrooms and how to identify which are safe to eat. There is a mushroom festival near me in Telluride, CO every year. I should attend if they have it this year.

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    1. I usually try to identify the ones I photograph using “A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi” by Genevieve Gates and David Ratkowsky, but some of them – like these ones – can be easily misidentified as there are several that are similar. I don’t eat wild ones, for me it’s just not worth the risk.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

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