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Friend or Foe
14-SEP-2009

Friend or Foe

Our Indian Summer seems to be over with grey skies reigning once more. Autumn
is slowly staking its claim over September.
These fungi pop up in the same place every year. At first they were a tempting
pristine white but now they have taken on a decidedly ominous appearance, as
though warning off anyone who would be bold enough to consider picking them.
We seem to have lost the knowledge of which mushrooms are edible and which aren't.
I remember how field mushrooms used to be a seasonal treat when I was growing up,
delicious simmered in milk with a knob of butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. I
knew the best fields where the flat capped field mushrooms could be gathered, still
damp with dew in the early morning. I haven't gone mushroom hunting in years but I
know that houses now stand in some of the fields where I once gathered these tasty
fungi.
There are lots of other edible mushrooms and fungi but I don't know which ones
they are. The Eastern Europeans who came to work in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger
often gather these gifts from nature in local forests.

Nikon D40x
1/800s f/2.2 at 50.0mm iso200 full exif

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Jeff Real01-Oct-2009 23:03
A beautiful work. The colors and textures are very appealing ~V~
Neal Nye16-Sep-2009 11:23
Such interesting life forms they are, and so much fun to photograph. It's an excellent shot of this little grouping with their subdued colors and shaggy edges.
globalgadabout15-Sep-2009 12:58
they do look a bit timeworn, but are all the more intriguing for it...the march of time is clearly taking it's toll...V
pkocinski15-Sep-2009 12:16
Nicely done!
January Grey15-Sep-2009 02:44
A lovely composition, Mairead. Love the soft focus & tones. V~
laine15-Sep-2009 00:33
I have the same recollections but now I only eat farmed varieties..safer & cleaner :)
Stephanie14-Sep-2009 23:42
I have never been mushroom picking in the woods before. Sounds like fun!
Love your photo! Big V.
Betty Vlasiu14-Sep-2009 21:21
Very nice pose and composition! v
lisamidi14-Sep-2009 20:49
This is a great shot and a wonderful Dof. v
I collected mushrooms today too, called Steinpilze in german and for me the most tasty ones. But there are less every year... sad.
I love your way of narrating your thoughts!
McGarva14-Sep-2009 20:41
Great detail and the use of high DOF works really well!
Don't chance it ... tasty or get high or feel sick
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