Fungal Family Affair

Mushroom family outing: camping Cortinarius

I love the AHA! instant that often happens when I first see the images from the camera appear on the monitor.

Here, obviously, was a family–not unlike that of my daughter and her two daughters, ages 3 and 10. (Did I get that right?)

I think this is a Cortinarius sp–pale lavender gills, waxy, cap dry and firm. (Did I get that right?)


Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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