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lraquela day ago
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Doo doo doo. Look at this mite. Doo doo doo.
I have no idea what type of mite this is. Except, that it's a...
you guessed it....
a MIGHTY MITE
MO secret morel spot, 4/18/21.
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lraquel2 days ago
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Today's catch.
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One fish.
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Second fish.
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A very nice jelly fungus along the way.
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Yellow fish.
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Mushroom hill and my dad. We must climb!
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We made it. Hilltops are the best!!!
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Gray fish. Seriously the only one found on the magnificent hilltop. 馃お
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Got um' home! Fryin' um up Sunday!
Secret spot, Missouri 4/17/21
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lraquel3 days ago
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As of 4/16 my 2021 morel count is 4. That's not so great, but I've got the weekend coming up. Wish me luck.
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What I have caught so far has been very delicious. Anyone else have a morel addiction?
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lraquel11 days ago
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According to science, ladies like it fast and loud.
Males peep up to 20 times a minute and often serenade in groups of three. The male with the lowest tone initiates the mini choir.
Spring peeper, Pseudacris crucifer. A fishless pond in Missouri 2021. Learn more about peepers here.
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alexkrahenbuhla month ago
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Whitetail Trail, Parkville, Missouri,
Ink and Watercolor on Glass, 3/21,
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lraquela month ago
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O hi! It鈥檚 the half-free morel. These guys are some of the first to pop up.聽
This handsome fellow stands on a lakeshore under a towering sycamore. Watch out, verpa mushrooms (Verpa bohemica) are very similar in appearance and are toxic. However, the toxic verpa mushroom鈥檚 cap attaches to the stem at the top of the cap and hangs down. Also, toxic verpas have聽鈥渨hite hair鈥 inside their stalks.
On the other hand, half-free morel caps attach to the stem half way up. And, they are hallow inside like all true morels.聽
The MI Dept. of Community Health has a very good publication on verpas vs half-free morels.聽 Knowing the difference is a must for any morel hunter.聽
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alexkrahenbuhla month ago
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Exposed Roots, Riss Lake, Missouri,
Ink and Watercolor on Glass, 3/21,
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lraquela month ago
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OPEN WIDE
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Cottonmouth chillin鈥 on a rocky slope at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. This friendly friend is venomous. It鈥檚 best to learn the patterns of venomous species in your area instead of relying on ID 鈥渢ricks鈥. In my part of the world, but maybe not yours, venomous snakes have diamond shaped heads, but non-venomous snakes will flatten their heads into diamond-like shapes to look more scary, along with vibrating their tails in leaves to fake a rattle.聽聽
Once a huge black rat snake reared up and shook its tail at me real hard聽on a trail. It was just about the CUTEST THING EVER.
See,聽Swampland Twilight post for more Mingo images and info.聽
2013
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lraquela month ago
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A very nice lichen I found on my after work hike yesterday. A lovely pop of green in the brown woods.
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lraquela month ago
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The mock oyster mushroom, Phyllotopsis nidulans. To me, it doesn鈥檛 look like a typical oyster because it鈥檚 orange and peach fuzzy on top. But, it does have gills and a fan shape similar to typical oysters. I didn't think to sniff this outcrop, but supposedly it stinks like cabbage and is very unpalatable. If you want to make some cool spore prints, these guys鈥 are pink!
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lraquela month ago
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Most folks have heard the term fiddlehead, a young unfurling fern leaf.聽
But have you heard of the BULBLET or FERNLET聽???
Bulblets are structures that form on some fern鈥檚 leaves. When they contact the ground a new baby fern may begin to grow, a fernlet.聽 How cute is that? These fernlets are the result of vegetative or asexual reproduction. No spores required!
My fiddlehead pics above, from 2020 near Franklin County MO.
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Image Source:聽bulblet and fernlet from US Forest Service.
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lraquela month ago
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brains...
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It might look like zombie bait, but it鈥檚 the big read false morel mushroom, Gyromitra caroliniana.聽These brainy growths signal warming soils. The appearance of true morels is not far off. Watch out, the big red false morel is considered poisonous. Learn more about them here.
Mid Missouri, my secret spot, 2014.
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lraquela month ago
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magnificent rusty reishi
Check out those SEXY spores!聽
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Usually reishi mushrooms have a brighter redish to orange shiny candy coating surface when not dusted with spores. An important mushroom in Chinese medicine it is currently being studied for many important health benefits.聽
The research is still emerging. Check out one of many studies - long citation under the cut.聽
My pic of Ganoderma species, southern Missouri 2015.
Wachtel-Galor S, Yuen J, Buswell JA, et al. Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi): A Medicinal Mushroom. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 9. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/#
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lraquela month ago
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Harvesting Oysters
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Last year I found baby oyster mushrooms while morel hunting. They were so so cute I decided to leave them to grow. 聽Several days later I came back to the same spot. No longer swayed by their adorable babyness, I collected them and ate them for dinner
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Baby, adult, and breaded oysters from Spring 2020. I wash my oysters with the sprayer on my sink then fully dry them. Next, I dust them with bread crumbs and salt and pan fry them in butter until brown.
Imho, a fresh, perfectly cooked oyster is just as good as a morel.
Mid Missouri,聽 聽Pleurotus species.
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lraquela month ago
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Watch out Polly, this fun-sized forest "serpent" gushes hydrogen cyanide.
Officially a Missouri millipede, Narceus species roll into balls when threatened and release the toxin.
I've pissed a few off in my life. I'm always careful to wash my hands afterwards. The secretion can irritate your eyes and sensitive folks' skin.
Spring 2021 St.Louis County.
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