Magic in the dark woods

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The forest is always dark. Not necessarily for the eyes, but for the camera. And especially when it is cloudy or raining as in the last couple of days. But I had to go to the woods. I had a feeling the mushrooms had arrived. And I was right. So I picked some, and tried to do some pictures too. In the “dark”.

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A couple of porcinis, Boletus edulis, went home with me.

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Also different kinds of russulas. It is hard to know the different kinds of russulas, but they are never poisenous and I know how to find out which one is edible.

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These ones I actually don’t know, except there is an old russula to the right.

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The brown fly agaric mushroom is poisonous, like the red one. There are a lot of them in my mushroom woods and it is an interesting mushroom, but I never pick it of course. In the picture below, you can see how it looked the day before. So they can grow and unfold quite fast. So I shouldn’t wait too long before going back to the woods. And by the way: NEVER pick a mushroom to eat if you don’t know what you are doing.

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78 thoughts on “Magic in the dark woods

  1. No problem there, Bente. As much as I LOVE eating them, I wouldn’t know the first thing about poisonous from non-poisonous, so I’ll leave it to my local supermarket to decide.😉
    Nonetheless, these are a work of art. So pretty.

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  2. It seems to be official now – autumn is coming……mushroom season. Farewell summer.😦 But I love porcinis!🙂 And your first/last picture is very handsome.

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  3. Fantastic photos. The link to mushrooms of Norway is interesting. I’m glad you included it. Very informative, thanks

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  4. I could smell the perfume of these mushrooms! Great post Bente..just curious to know how do you cook Porcinis in your country (if you cook them of course)..

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  5. Lovely photos, Bente.
    There’s something special when photographers get down low and photograph from ground level. You get that wonderful sense of magic and fairytales. Very nice DOF too.
    Glad you know which are the edible ones and which are the poisonous ones. I’d never be game to try picking any mushrooms in the wild.

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  6. I remember going mushroom hunting as a girl with friends and family who knew what they were doing. Now I wish I had learned the art of knowing which ones were edible.

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  7. Det er nu et dejligt lys, der er i din skov, Bente🙂 Flotte billeder som sædvanligt!
    Introduktionen til svampe i Norge er meget god, et godt link.
    De bedste hilsner,
    Hanna

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  8. Good for you for foraging for mushrooms, I wouldn’t know what to look for. I do love mushrooms, though!
    Beautiful images from your dark forest, Bente ( I know what you mean by that darkness).

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  9. Wow. These are amazing. Such a variety. Their form, and colour, against the background is reminescent of fairy tales, come to life. Thanks so much. These forests are a feast for the eyes, maybe not so much for the stomach, if the shrooms are poisonous!

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    1. I chew on a very small bit of the gills or whatever it is called in english (the white just under the hat). If the taste is like pepper I throw it away, if it has a mild taste it goes home. This method is not for the beginner. I might even be a completely different mushroom than Russula… Thanks, Finn.

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  10. That’s a nice collection of mushroom images, Bente. Now we know the Norwegian words sopp and skog. Neither of them seemed to resemble any English words, but then I found a website that indicates a relationship between sopp and the English words swamp and sump, both of which were likely borrowed from Low German. I guess the connection has to do with the watery nature of a mushroom and the fact that mushrooms grow in humid places.

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    1. Thanks for your view, but it might not be a pantera, because they are not known form this part of the country, but only in southern Norway. The Brown Fly Agaric is known to have a variety of colours here. But still, southern species can be on their way north?

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