This fall, finding mushrooms in the woods has been fun and easy. Arletta and Ellington are no mycological experts. No way. But Ellington, of course, picks chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), Funnel Chanterelles (Craterellus tubaeformis) and Yellow Foot (Craterellus lutescens). He also dares on penny bun (Boletus edulis), slippery jack (Suillus luteus) and orange milkcap (Lactarius deterrimus). But there is the end of it.
Arletta is more skeptical and does not trust her knowledge of Swedish mushrooms. But if you can’t eat them, there’s exquisite joy in mushroom spotting. With her sharp gaze for everything beautiful, she soon finds her eye candy in mossy dikes and hidden thickets.
Ellington and Arletta both enjoy the colors and fragrances of the forest this fall. Arletta has the ability to enjoy the pleasures of the unknown. So does Ellington, whose fact-seeking, however, sometimes takes over.
Perhaps, in Arletta and Ellington, two very different mindsets meet. Artistic pleasure and creativity meets scientific creativity and zeal for knowledge. So while Arletta sits down to enjoy the beauty of the pictures when they get home, Ellington turns up the image pages of Artportalen (the Swedish Species Observation System), trying to find out what species of fungi they have seen. Then they both enjoy preparing a mushroom stew or risotto.
Here are some pictures from a forest trip Ellington and Arletta made this fall. You readers, who know more about fungi than they do, may gladly contribute with your knowledge if you can identify the different types of mushrooms they’ve captured in the pictures. Ellington has tried, but is unsure of some of them.
The result was a good mushroom risotto. Arletta and Ellington will soon make new outings, won’t they?