Thursday, December 4, 2008

Appreciating the Small Stuff

Someone visiting the ranch recently told me that I am not doing full pictorial justice to this varied and diverse land. I am apparently drawn to sweeping views like this,
and this, while much of the ranch is covered in forest and the ground littered with leaves and needles where a wide ranging variety of things live. Like these little mushrooms.
So, while I have been driving around in our little orange Kubota bringing in the cattle for our fall gather, I have been trying to retrain my eyes to see the small stuff. These look something like a wedding cake I think.
And we have lots of Spanish moss shimmering in the oaks with captured fall leaves bringing bright spots of color.
Here is an interesting specimen we found lurking in the woods!
This one looks like it belongs under the sea. It seemed to glow amidst the dark cover of trees.Does anyone know what varieties any of these mushrooms are? We were taught by some tree planters to identify and eat morels, (which I didn't find during my recent foray into the woods!) but beyond that we are at a loss.


  1. definatly find someone knowledgable before eating any mushrooms. I am sure you know that. I dont know the first one but the second looks like a coral mushroom. we found a good mushroom book at Borders. Morels are a spring mushroom, and if you have them where you are chantrels are this time of year, if they havnt frozw yet. enjoy!

  2. Ah, I went to see where you are and you are in the PNW, that is where I am, SW WA, so chantrels should be out they are easy and we pick and can them every year!

  3. The only mushrooms I'll eat come in plastic wrapped cartons from Albertsons. At least I have someone to sue if I die.

    Great post.


  4. We are pretty new to mushrooms too, moving here where they grow all over has been interesting. A good mushroom book or two (I have "The Meandering Mushroomer") is helpful, best is a friendly neighbor to show you what is what and especially which ones are edible. So far we have tried morels in the spring and chanterelles in the fall. Delicious!

    That said, I believe your first cluster type mushroom MAY be Flammulina Velutipes the Winter Mushroom (or maybe not ;) I am certain the last one is a type of coral mushroom - could be Formosa Coral or Yellow Coral. Also maybe Gelatinous Coral. Some coral mushrooms are edible (but inferior according to the book) some not. I wouldn't eat it!

  5. This is mark, I don't go out of my way to eat mushrooms. I DO however, think about eternity. Just never considered litigation in the afterlife before. Thanks Dan.

  6. Where will you find a lawyer in heaven?

  7. OOHHH! SO judgemental! And yet, SO funny! Well Dan, any plans to represent yourself? Our advocate for getting there in the first place is unlikely to sue them if he forgives me. mark

  8. Wow that first picture is amazing!! It's so pretty there. And those mushrooms!! Strange!! I have no idea what kind of mushrooms those are!!

  9. Breathtaking views, and that's just by seeing the pictures. I can't imagine if I ever saw your ranch in person!

    You could post pix like that, all day, every day and I'd never get sick of looking at them.

    I'll talk to Dan. I think he's a little confused.

  10. So is the interesting specimen the mushroom or the guy holding it? He's a real freak of nature by the looks of it. Glad to see you are diversifying your portfolio. Next we want to see some mossy covered rocks in the creeks and little flowers hanging over the pools of Redwood Creek. Perhaps a big steamy pile of cow poo would be nice aswell.

  11. Really anonymous? I thought he was
    rather handsome!


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