I like this place best when I know it as something not merely for my own enjoyment. I love to be able to walk our trails and sit on our porches with people who share in that enjoyment with me, and particularly when they are attuned to the natural setting here and see it as particular and distinct trees, wildflowers, ferns, birds and this weekend–mushrooms!
Eight members of the Student Conservation Association and a half-dozen from the NRV Mushroom Club defied the weather-odds for a mushroom foray out here at the end of three very dry weeks. And against those odds, we found some 15 species of mushroom (the taxonomic list to come shortly) and back along Nameless Creek and then later, sitting in the shade of the maples and the side porch, we were really not uncomfortable.
Thanks to Becky Rader (holding the “Old Man of the Woods” mushroom)– of the NRV Mushroom Club, for bringing the group out to Goose Creek.
The students from across the country are currently stationed in Giles County and will be working on Dragon’s Tooth Trail for the next several weeks.
As usual, I had a hard time keeping my focus just on fungi, and had to snap this funnel-web spider who lived just above a nice rotten log full of Oyster Mushrooms I’ll go back and harvest–when and if we EVER get any rain!