In my neck of the woods, very little rain has fallen during the recent transition between late summer and early autumn. Honey holes and hen houses have been awfully and uncharacteristically quiet, leading many dispirited foragers to wonder aloud (and especially on Facebook): “Is it time to hang up the basket?”
Fortunately, the claim that any mushroom season is “poor” is oftentimes one of opinion and conjecture. As the notable mycologist Gary Lincoff would frequently say: “Even if you don’t see the mushrooms, they’re there.”
In other words, keep looking.
Taking Gary’s advice to heart, I’m forever committed to finding fungi even in the most inhospitable of circumstances.
In the following video, I share with you a recent excursion into the (very dry) woods in search of autumn mushrooms.
More than just a mushroom hunt, however, this video features discussions on old growth trees, the ecological value of parasites, and nutty decomposers.