My Mushroom Brethren
I love mushrooms and
fungus, especially shelf fungi. I've loved them since I was a little
kid, since my mom collected mushroom stuff, like statues, mushroom shaped
mirrors, and pictures.
We mushrooms ought to stick to baseball. Flying is for the birds.
~~ Ward Cleaver, "Leave it to Beaver"
mush·room n. 1. Any of various
fleshy fungi of the class Basidiomycota, characteristically having an
umbrella-shaped cap borne on a stalk, especially any of the edible kinds,
as those of the genus Agaricus. 2. Something shaped like
one of these fungi.
fun·gus n., pl. fun·gi
or fun·gus·es. Any of numerous eukaryotic organisms
of the kingdom Fungi, which lack chlorophyll and vascular tissue and
range in form from a single cell to a body mass of branched filamentous
hyphae that often produce specialized fruiting bodies. The kingdom
includes the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.
Mushrooms are beautiful. The way they emerge so suddenly, in their many
colors and shapes. You can grow mushrooms at home from kits. I
sometimes collect shelf fungus by pulling them off the trees... they make
great decorations outside in a garden among the plants (be sure to wash
your hands after handling all fungi, including mushrooms). Some people
like to go mushroom hunting and collect wild mushrooms to eat. Be sure
you KNOW the kind of mushrooms you are collecting. DO NOT eat a mushroom
unless you are sure it is safe. Mushrooms make great subjects for
photography, both color and black and white.
Some of the links I have included contain links to sites about
mushrooms for psychedelic purposes. I do not necessarily condone or
encourage such uses, and the links below do not necessarily reflect my
A recent government survey has proved that all mushrooms are edible. Some, however, are only edible once.
Fungi Perfecti Online
Ones That Stain Blue
Organic Mushroom Growing
Wild About Mushrooms