These photos document a hike that I led on the Barton Creek Greenbelt for the Wildland Conservation folks in January 2019. Scroll down to view the photos from our adventure. If you are interested in learning more about Austin's Wildlands, including hikes and volunteer opportunities, you can find it here.
There's nothing more fun than going out and putting your mushroom eye on and going off to see what has emerged. The more you learn, the more you'll want to learn. Here our enthusiastic group is discovering an interesting mushroom specimen.
Here is a map of our route. No two hikes are ever alike because there are so many variables. But, if we pay attention, we start to notice a pattern and we become connected to our surroundings and nature.
More than anything, mushrooming is enlightening because we never have the same experience twice. Did you know that mushrooms were considered plants until they were put into their own kingdom in 1969?
Mushrooms are the fruit of the mycorrhizal network fungus, and connect trees through tiny threads called mycelium.
Not sure what this is. It could be a slime mold. I like them because unlike mushrooms, they can move. There's nothing more fun than going out and putting your mushroom eye on and go off to see what has emerged.
The sporophyte stage of flowering moss; this is when the spores are released much like flowers release seeds.
This cute bolete could be a ruby bolete (Hortiboletus rubellas) or one of several boletes. These, as are many mushrooms, are very difficult to identiy without much more information.
The bolete's cousin is the highly edible porcini, which sadly does not grow here. The porcini is highly prized in the food community. This one, not so much.