Murdering Mushrooms

On the world’s slowest dog walk (for Jack), I saw hundredsof mushrooms and/or toadstools.  As the walk can be done in pigeon steps and I would still be faster than Jack, I took some photos of the fungi for identification purposes later.


I would be very grateful if anyone could add their tuppence worth as to the fungi id so that I know what is murderous or not.

This year, I have seen very few field mushrooms – we usually have sacks of them and I make endless soup bases (aka Euthanasia soup!)

Some of this lot look worthy of a mushroom omelette made for Snow White by her Wicked Step-Mother!

L1120227 L1120229 L1120234 L1120235 L1120236 L1120237 L1120241  L1120247  L1120249

Clavaria fragilis, commonly known as fairy fingers, white worm coral, or white spindles, is a species of fungus in the family Clavariaceae.  I have never seen it before but today it is everywhere and looks like someone dropped a bag of bean sprouts!

L1120248 L1120252L1120253 L1120255 L1120257 L1120263 L1120265 L1120267 L1120270 L1120271 L1120272 L1120280 L1120281

Blackening Wax-Cap (Hygrocybe conica) ?


Meanwhile, I have split the herd into those that don’t need to go on a diet…


And those that do –  Kappi and Klængur, who are not happy but I have to be cruel and may even add Haakon and Iacs into the mix as well.  But I want The Minions and Taktur to put on weight and be well fed all winter.  We will see.  Nothing is written in stone.


Hey ho, on with the fungus identification.  I will search t’net and The Collins Wild Guide of Mushrooms and Toadstools as well.

3 thoughts on “Murdering Mushrooms

  1. Celeste

    I don’t know mushrooms at all but these are truly gorgeous photos. I enjoyed every one of them. Almost as much as horsey nosies. 🙂

  2. Linda

    Wonderful-looking mushrooms, and food for the imagination – I was straining to see if there were any “little people” under them…
    And I have the same situation as you do with Jack. My 12 1/2 year old Malamute and I take slow strolls these days – she loves them, and I consider them a lesson in patience.

  3. John Davies

    I’m thinking that all the S’hrooms look good enough to eat; but I would think one should eat nary a one! I remember gathering Inky Caps around the stadium at the University of Kansas, taking them to the Mycology Department folks, and then still freaking my wife (and mom-in-law) when I cooked them up in garlic and butter and ate them alone. The only trouble would’ve been if I had had alcohol with them because they are nicknamed “Tippler’s Bane.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *