Masses of mushrooms of many varieties continue to appear everywhere on our property, as I reported last week.
I’ve found what I think may be a cluster of Chanterelles – though lacking mushroom expertise, I’m not about to taste them. But others around our place seem to have no hesitation in turning the fungal bounty into a feast. Sow bugs are chowing down on the perhaps-Chanterelles, as you can see in the photo above and the one below (click to enlarge these images, and you’ll see the bugs).
These are by no means the only fungi serving as meal time treats for the critters around here. Go a bit deeper into our woods, and you’ll find what we call “Mushroom Village”, a cluster that grows at the base of the same moss-covered fir tree each fall (photo below).
We think they might be Honey mushrooms, but we’re not sure. As the season progresses, we enjoy watching the Village swell up, from little button-like ‘shrooms to dinner plate-sized specimens. And as you can see, we’re obviously not the only ones who appreciate this Village: many of its mushrooms have deep excavations, indicating that Banana slugs have been taking regular meals here.
I’m not sure what the feathers indicate. Perhaps they’re leftovers from an owl’s midnight meal – in which case, Mushroom Village might not be so lucky for local songbirds. But I guess all the residents – including sow bugs, slugs and even owls – have to make a living somehow.
You’ll find a few more mushroom photos on my Flickr site.
A reminder if you’re on Gabriola Island: My photography show, Reflections on the Coast, continues until Nov. 30 – I hope you’ll get an opportunity to catch it.