A walk through the woods revealed something that I've been waiting and waiting for...
With the dry weather we missed out on some of my favorite edibles - lobsters, chanterelles, black trumpets - but after a bit of rain it was really encouraging to see this:
That's a sulphur shelf mushroom aka a Chicken Mushroom growing on an oak stump. I've harvested Chickens off of this stump before, most recently this spring, and never before has it given me two fruitings in a year. I'm feeling pretty special.
These guys grow really quickly so I'll have to check them daily to be sure I get them when they're still young and tender. Trust me, it's a task I don't mind doing.
Sharing space on the same dead oak were these little shelf mushrooms which I believe are mustard-yellow polypores. The yellow and white edge caught my eye as they reminded me of the dyer's polypore in miniature. When I pulled one off the stump I noticed the pretty ochre interior and thought I'd better see if it would give dye.
I picked a few, tore them into pieces, and put them in a jar of water with a splash of ammonia and bam! color. I'll let it sit a few days before I try to dye with it but I'm excited at the possibility.
There were some other little lovelies popping up to say hello from the leaf litter.
But most special of all were these amazing specimens that flew all the way from B.C. to be with me.
Aren't they gorgeous? Handmade by the immensely talented Kristy of fog and swell. If you don't already know, in addition to being a talented maker, Kristy also captures some spectacular images of her wild surroundings. You can find her blog HERE.
The stitching on the gills is just fantastic.
They make me so happy.
Hope you all have a happy day too.