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Mushrooms & Horses

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It is pouring rain and that means the fall mushrooms are starting to sprout. I love hunting for the edibles. And I love finding new species, like last week - I found a blue Chanterelle. I've been hunting and eating the yellow & white Chanterelle for years and this is not only the first I've found, but the first I've ever seen too.


I know it looks black and it sort of was at first sight, it is also known as black Chanterelle. The blue color could really be seen on the stem and after a day in my refrigerator. Note to wild mushroom eaters - next time I'll leave it to respore in the forest. The taste was inferior to the yellow & whites and the mushroom itself was tougher/chewier, not tender at all.

So I have also been riding a lot lately. Yesterday, I rode a local trail that I hadn't been on in about six years - Tiger Mtn Trail. It has sort of been taken over by mountain bikers, but half the trail is still designated horse only. Oh, and I did find a handful of yellow Chanterelle there. Most of our trails seem to be in conifer forests, but much of this trail does wind through some decidous forest.





We did find a couple other mushrooms out on the trail, but feel fairly confident in identifying them as not edibles...

probably in the Entoloma genus...

probably in the Gandoderma genus


A root wad that was covered in moss and ferns. But most of this forest was very dark and everything gets covered in moss and ferns.


This is my good friend Shirley who accompanied me on this ride. She is on her new horse Palamo.


And the new picture you were waiting for, Big and I standing on the edge of a sharp drop off.

Oh and I want to throw in a couple of pictures of my friends who rode with me on the big prize rides last weekend.


This is Eric (also the husband of my friend Shirley above) on his horse Darlin and ...


Bobbie who is building a bond with my horse Hawk and ...


Catherine on her horse Gracie who drove over 100 miles to ride the prize ride with me and gets all her friends to rent my horses for these prize rides and ...


my friend Julie on her horse Surprise who used to ride with me all the time when she lived up here, but she moved Medford, OR and she drove several hundred miles with horses to spend the weekend and ride the prize rides with me and her friend from Oregon, Jan on her horse Bo, and her other friend from WA, Joanne on Julies horse Star.

Some final mushrooms as seen everywhere on the prize ride on Sunday (none seen on Saturday)...


Ganoderma also known as the Artist Conk and ...


Russula which were popping up everywhere, absolutely everywhere (too bad they don't taste better, rather blah, slightly bitter).

Hope you enjoyed - Smiles - Debie

See more pictures of mine & Bigs adventures on our website www.echoriverranch.com
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  • BLBH16
    Mushrooms AND horses - two of my favorite things. My dad was a mushroom grower when I was a child and I HATED them. My uncle used to pay me a nickle for every mushroom I would eat. That all changed when I was about 30 and actually tasted them and discovered that they were GOOD. However I have never eaten wild mushrooms. My Dad went on to purchase his own mushroom farm and grew thousands of pounds daily for over thirty years and always said there were some mushrooms that were poison that looked exactly like ones that were not. He would show me pictures of them in his books. We are able to purchase chanterelles at our Costco store during the holidays and they are delish emoticon

    Horses play a big part in our lives too because our daughter raises warm blood horses in New Mexico. The little babies are soooooo cute and loveable but grow up so quickly emoticon

    Good luck to you and thanks for the pictures! emoticon
    3799 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    That is fascinating about your love of mushrooms and how you know what they are! I am not a fan of mushrooms. I tolerate them, but my husband loves them! I can't tell you how much I wish I was right there with you-that looks so cool-riding the horses and the pretty scenery! When is your next blog? Have been reading your website. Do you own the ranch? Connie
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    3831 days ago
  • 2BHLTHY4LIFE
    Thank you for sharing this wonderfully fun blog,oh that looks like so much fun,I am a horse crazy gal and trail riding is my favorite.The scenery is spectacular and the horses are so beautiful,they look like they are well behaved too! I enjoyed seeing the mushrooms,we have so many where I live in Washington State and there are so many varieties,it's amazing.We finally know the chantrell very well.We know we have pine,but they are hard to find. I wish you the best on your journey's and adventures like this. emoticon Diana emoticon
    3853 days ago
  • LADYANDREA2012
    I love this Blog. You took me through your ride like I was there with you. The horse are beautiful. Sometimes I have the feeling and the desire to start riding a horse, but in Puerto Rico that could be very expensive and we do not have the places to go and do it. Oh! and the forest, so beautiful your pictures. Thank you for posting on this topic.
    3853 days ago
  • LUNORZAHRA
    What lovely places to go riding! Would love to be part of your group.

    Amazing skills at mushroom hunting... I can only recognize the morels.

    Thanks for sharing your pics!
    3857 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
    Great photos!
    3858 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3971384
    Ummmm, chanterelles! My favorite mushroom of all time. I love their fruity fragrance and taste. Will have to get out into the mountains here and try to find some. Thanks for sharing the photos and blog!
    3858 days ago
  • OLYGIRL1
    WOW!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing!! Well worth it!

    You are emoticon emoticon to you and yours, BJ
    3859 days ago
  • CLEVAGAL
    Thanks for the great post! Cleva xxx
    3860 days ago
  • MAMADWARF
    Thank you for the beautiful pix! Loved seeing them and you and BIG! Such a gorgeous boy!!
    3860 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Wow, you're pretty skilled to know which mushrooms you can eat! I can still remember catching my 25 year old when she was just three stuffing her mouth with LBM's (little brown mushrooms) on my parents front long! Had to call poison control and give her syrup of Ipecac! emoticon You look GREAT in your photo! I hope you put it as your profile! I love it!
    3860 days ago
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