Turned the little mushroom/crystal sketch into a little digital promo for my Etsy shop! I’m thinking of turning it into a sticker somehow! I have some super cool stuff in the works that I can’t wait to finish and post, but please go check out my shop and favorite it for me :) Etsy.com/shop/TheCosmicArtShop
One of the things I miss most about living in the Pacific Northwest is the lichen and moss covering almost every natural surface (not to mention, ferns growing in the crooks of trees 🌿✨) I took this photo back then, just after I’d rescued a huge fallen tree limb from a sidewalk near my home. I still have this branch in my house in California. Although the moss and lichen have dried, it’s still one of my favorite nature finds. #lichen#flyagaric#wildmushrooms#pnwonderland
Look, gratuitous mushroom pictures! Or, just a very random selection of images from 2018. And do listen to the music: absurd, doesn't quite go, but it's a piece I love, and the pics almost change to the beat. The occasion here is that I finally got around to doing what I’d intended to get done by 1st Dec 2018, which is to put details of the fungi courses I run in the autumn up on my website and bookable. The direct link is in my bio. I’ve found that these courses book up the most consistently of all courses, so although they may be in the autumn, it is worth booking now. I understand why fungi courses are so popular. Although, as a 3-year-old, I started foraging by gathering dandelion leaves for my tortoise, it was through a fascination with the ephemeral and mysterious world of fungi that I really got hooked on wild food. After a few years of gathering fungi for the pot, one’s attention starts to wonder and wander on to plants and other edibles, the question, “Is that edible?” never far from one’s mind. Perhaps though, for you, it has beenthrough foraging plants first that you’ve come to fungi. That is the way for many people too, often because fungi are seen in some way as difficult or problematic. It needn’t be. With care and discrimination foraging for fungi can be both fun and relatively straight forward. I hope you can join me. I think I may do the stuffed Jelly Ear mushroom tempora as a starter for these courses too. A fun thing to make with one of the few fungi in abundance right now. Recipe directly below this post on my insta feed #fungi#wildmushrooms#mushroomlove#wildfoodlove#flyagaric#amanitamuscaria#foodcourses#giftideas#wildfood#autumn#autumn2019#naturelovers#magicmushrooms#mushroomsgram#jellyear#auriculariaauriculajudae#tempura#ippolitovivanov
Happy Friday everyone! 🍄 These stunning angel aura towers can truly make anyone believe in magic. They can be found in my Etsy shop, they’re bigger than they look here... the toadstools are just enormous 😆 Speaking of mushrooms... crystal mushrooms will be dropping within the next couple days! If you know anything about my crystal mushroom updates you know that they don’t stick around long, so turn on post notifications so you never miss them! ❤️ oh and use code KRYSTAL10 for 10% off 💁🏻♀️✨
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Magical shot by @forestlikefairytale of a family of fly agaric mushrooms 🍄👨👩👧👦🍄 it almost looks surreal! ⭐️
Amanita muscaria, the Fly Agaric, aka SOMA mushroom is remarkable for many reasons. Although poisonous (but generally not deadly to humans - unless you are rendered unconscious and exposed to hypothermia), this mushroom does kill flies and other insects. In Europe, before there were window screens, this mushroom was chopped up and put into milk and placed on window sills. As flies came into the house, they would be attracted to the mushroom infused milk, sip it and then die. Hence this mushroom was called the Fly Agaric. (Mosquitos are similarly attracted and meet the same fate!). This species has the potential for use as a natural insecticide.
Here Amanita muscaria shows an amazing property that a minority of mushrooms demonstrate - the ability to mature post harvest. This ability to transform cap tissue into gills and spores, and reorient against gravity - negative geotropism - is fun to watch. Mushrooms can be “smart” in that they have clever ways of propagating. This is one example of several I will show you in upcoming posts here. I encourage parents to teach their children about the wonders of mushrooms ! And you can not be poisoned by a mushroom by touching it! Nevertheless always teach others not to ingest any mushrooms unless they are absolutely sure it is safe!
Mycology is weird science. Love it !