Honey mushrooms

Honey mushrooms

‘Tis the season for honey, mushroom and parasol mushrooms. Bizarrely, honey mushrooms grow on tree stumps and on the ground. They’re very popular in the local version of scrambled egg omelette, prazenica.

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Amethyst deceiver fungus

Amethyst deceiver fungus

I love these little mushrooms (Laccaria amethystina) as they add such a contrasting colour to the forest. These were, unfortunately, growing just were I was setting up my hammock (seen on the ground just behind) so I photographed them before they were crushed underfoot

Summer mushrooms

Summer mushrooms

Over the last couple of days I’ve been going into the forest mushroom picking. This is the first year I’ve seen so many high-end mushrooms. It’s all due to the alternating rain storms and scorching ht days. The forest is damp and muddy, with small streams flowing where none have been for years.

Ordinarily we wait for autumn for mushrooms but this year my basket is filled with Boletus edulis, Boletus reticulatus and, from the meadows, Agaricus campestris.