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mushroom hunting in central illinois

August 23, 2009

This past Friday we went mushroom hunting in a super-secret local spot.  The key to finding mushrooms is going out a day or two after it rains.  The soaked ground underneath decaying trees creates the perfect conditions for fungal growth.
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In addition to a dozen or so species of fungi, we’re %90 certain we found some chanterelles, a choice edible.  We cooked and tasted ’em (I didn’t try too much) and they were indeed delicious.  I made a spore print, but the white spores were difficult to see on the white piece of paper that I used.
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Mushrooms are so beautiful and interesting.

_MG_0415.JPGLink to the rest of my mushroom photos on flickr.

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