08.23.2018 Black Trumpet Fungaretum and a Close Up

What luck. Yesterday I had a quick drapery rod installation for a store customer.  As I unloaded my tools and said rod entering through the garage, I noticed a motherlode of Black Trumpet mushrooms along the front sidewalk.  The customer didn’t really seem to know much about them and just said her yard grew mushrooms instead of grass, which was true as they were several varieties. As I mentioned before, I am not a forager and don’t pick what I find in nature, but it would have been easy to rationalize that by saying they were in someone’s yard who didn’t care.  I left them as I found them however.

Black Trumpets-Craterellus fallax

If it was my own yard, I don’t know, I might harvest them as they are choice (I just saw them for $100/lb on eBay). But even when certain I am still hesitant to take a chance as I am far from an expert.

Btw, did you see what I did there?  LOL  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 08.23.2018 Black Trumpet Fungaretum and a Close Up

  1. What beautiful specimens. I don’t like mushrooms of any sort … so holding back on collecting these wouldn’t have been a problem for me! I’ll have to look at the other comments to see what you’re asking after … I don’t anything but some beautiful mushrooms!

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    • Well, I won’t give it away so soon and it is a bit of self-indulgence to what I take as cleverness but no one else may see it that way.
      Funny about you and mushrooms. I was just rereading a post from 2014 where you describe swallowing mushrooms whole at some friends’ house.


  2. Golly this is a beauty. This looks just like a black flower. I have no idea what you are talking about of what you just did. I must be slow. Oh well it could be worse.

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  3. Andrew says:

    Yikes $100/lb is a lot. They remind me of triffids. Aliens all around us. That looks quite a sizeable patch. Perhaps you can go back and do a proper photo session there – but alas no waterfalls.

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    • Yeah, pretty pricey. But that is for dried mushrooms so I imagine it’s a fairly large bag. Probably not at this time, Andrew. We leave shortly for a week at Acadia N.P. and they’ll be long past but our return.

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      • Andrew says:

        Glad you are getting away to Acadia Steve. I hope you and Mary Beth have a wonderful time and you bring back some images for us to enjoy and drool over.

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      • I am sure we shall, Andrew. My brother, whom I haven’t seen in a few years, and his family are to be there as well. We haven’t visited Acadia in a few years as well, so a good time to be had by all is in the cards. Thanks.


  4. Never seen anything like it! Unique and stunning for sure.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    Well, you didn’t blow your own trumpet or the mushroom’s, so I don’t know what you did, except take fine photos of most unusual mushrooms.

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  6. Gail Platz says:

    Those are very cool, and ones that I’ve never seen before. What kind of trees did they grow near?


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  7. What beautiful mushrooms! I’ve never seen this variety.

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  8. shoreacres says:

    These are the most Art Nouveau fungi I’ve ever seen. They’re wonderful. Can’t you just see them as bedside lamps? I certainly can. Or, perhaps the fluted glass vases that were so popular in the ’30s and ’40s. I’m sending this post to a glass artist I know who specializes in objects from nature. She’s cast everything else in the world, but I’ll bet she’s never seen a fungus like this.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Interesting! I think I’ve seen them but not in this kind of detail. It’s great that you had your camera – you never know what you’re going to see, or when!

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    • This was with my iPhone so I always have that with me. I used to bring the larger camera to work but go to some sketchy places and now that phones do a nice job I no longer carry it.


      • bluebrightly says:

        Phones are a great complement to cameras, and these days I guess many people don’t use cameras at all – but they’re missing a lot of creative opportunities. It’s smart not to have it with you in those sketchier places though!

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