Back in My Woods

Frost's Bolete (Boletus frostii).  I was thrilled with this find.  The amber drops on the pore surface are characteristic of a young B. frostii.

Frost’s Bolete (Boletus frostii). I was thrilled with this find. The amber drops on the pore surface are characteristic of a young B. frostii.

I’ve spent three late afternoons outside exploring my woods, and it’s had an amazingly restorative effect on me.  I think I haven’t been playing enough lately!

The gorgeous true-red cap of the Frost's Bolete.

The gorgeous true-red cap of the Frost’s Bolete.

I was particularly thrilled to find a Frost’s Bolete — because on my mushroom board, neither the resident expert nor the administrator has ever found one.  I have seen others in past years on the back of our property, so I didn’t figure they were that rare.

I am so very blessed to be able to feel awestruck wonder at so many aspects of the natural world.

I’ll just share the pictures, and hope that some of the magic comes through to you, too.  🙂

Pokeweed flowers with baby berries

Pokeweed flowers with baby berries

Ripening fig

Ripening fig

Rose hip

Rose hip

A 4 o'clock flower with a big seed.  When we were kids we used to collect the seeds and go around and try to sell them to the neighbors.  We never had a lot of luck.  Could be that our grimy little hands weren't the most market-wise packaging.  :D

A 4 o’clock flower with a big seed. When we were kids we used to collect the seeds and go around and try to sell them to the neighbors. We never had a lot of luck. Could be that our grimy little hands weren’t the most market-wise packaging. 😀

A young Cortinarius iodes from the bottom.  Only the small purple cap was sticking out.  The rest was buried in a decomposing stick.

A young Cortinarius iodes from the bottom. Only the small purple cap was sticking out. The rest was buried in a decomposing stick.

A mature cortinarius cap

A mature cortinarius cap

No wonder the tasteless Indian strawberries are crowding out the sweet wild strawberries.  They fruit all season and produce countless seeds.

No wonder the tasteless Indian strawberries are crowding out the sweet wild strawberries. They fruit all season and produce countless seeds.

Tender, edible greenbrier shoots are still available this late in the year.

Tender, edible greenbrier shoots are still available this late in the year.

A small suillus

A small suillus

Late figs on the way!

Late figs on the way!

Not all trees are friendly.  I think this is a wild hawthorne.

Not all trees are friendly. I think this is a wild hawthorne.

Red russulas, I think. I didn't bother to seriously try to identify them.  I just liked their color!  :)

Red russulas, I think. I didn’t bother to seriously try to identify them. I just liked their color! 🙂

Late afternoon sun dappled florest floor

Late afternoon sun dappled florest floor

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15 Comments

  1. Jane

     /  August 23, 2013

    What state/county is your home base? I live in Shelby county, central Al, 5 mi from the geographical center of Al. I am corresponding with Casita now and hope to buy a 17′ Casita. Born & reared in Arkansas, however, so I’m still a Razorback (by birth and the Grace of God!). Janie in AL

    • Hi, Jane. We’re off I-20 in GA near the Alabama line. Arkansas is beautiful country. I’m originally from Florida. Doubt I would ever live there again. I’ve got hills in my blood and wouldn’t want to be a flatlander again. 🙂

      Best of luck on the new Casita. If you like small RVs, I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are quality built.

  2. Your photos are amazing. How do you do that? The figs are to die for! I wonder if your other followers are like me. Do they think about you every time they see a mushroom?

    • Just zoom shots, mostly, Kim. The last photo is crummy composition, but I loved the sun dapples.

      I know of at least three others who probably think of me every time they see a mushroom! 😀

  3. Great pictures, glad you took time to smell the mushrooms 🙂 Love the purple ones very pretty. Never saw anything like them before.

    • Smell the mushrooms. I giggled at that, because you really do have to smell some of them to identify them! 😀

      I’m trying to get away from photographing ho-hum mushrooms and only take pictures of the really cool ones.

  4. LOVE the pictures!

  5. Such beauty in nature…your colorful show makes them look so real. That red mushroom find had to be so exciting and IN YOUR back woods!

  6. Horst Kelly

     /  August 25, 2013

    Really enjoyed the photo’s…never have seen such a variety….and I love mushrooms…thanks for sharing…Have a super Sunday….Horst sends

    • Ah! Another mushroom lover! They are such intriguing little life forms, aren’t they?

      You have a great day, too! 🙂

  7. I think your nature posts are my favorites (other than those where you’re cutting a hole for something or other in your poor Casita!) 😉

    • You tickled my funnybone! And the poor little Casita never did anything to deserve it! 😀

      I love being out in nature more than anything. This evening, the light has been so spectacular. It’s one of those times that is so special that I just wanted to soak it into my soul instead of photographing it.

      But usually finding beautiful camera shots is my biggest joy. So glad you enjoy them!

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