School holidays day ☝🏽
However don’t be fooled we were only here for about an hour & the rest of the day was spent packing & cleaning 😏
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A little hike through the woods led me to a perfect picnic table for a little Yoga. •
I love the sunshine. I love the fresh air. I love the muddy toes. I love the breeze through the trees. •
When all else fails, let Mother Nature is there with open arms.
Devil's Tail or Mile-a-minute (Persicaria Perfoliata)
I know this isn't a mushroom post. I wanted to add some color to my page and was going through old photos from this year and came across this one. This photo will also give me the opportunity to explain how I got interested in mushrooms and Mycology.
I didn't jump right into mushroom hunting and identification. In fact, I never hunted for a mushroom in my life up until about 7 years ago. I was involved in plant identification and foraging for wild edible plants, berries, nuts, and tubers first. This initial interest in foraging came from from yet another interest of learning self-reliance and survival skills.
After years of learning survival techniques and self-reliance skills, I knew if I didn't learn local flora my other skills would be pointless. So I took off on a journey, first learning the tree species, then wild flowers, berries, nuts went along with learning the trees, and roots/tubers. I gained confidence in my ability to identify plants and soon was looking for more to learn. I picked up hunting and bow fishing around this time as well.
A few years later a former friend and co-worker introduced me to Morels. I had never heard of them in my life let alone seen one. If you know of any Morel hunters you will know why it could be unheard of. If anyone can keep a secret it's Morel hunters. Ultimately this new introduction had me yearning for more knowledge. I went from Morels slowly and cautiously to other common edible species. By this time I was hooked! I didn't want to just know the edible species, I wanted to know them all! Now I am here and this year alone I found, collected, and identified (with help here and there) over 200 different species of fungi. Fungi have consumed my life like they consume the debris of the planet.
Nevada: cold as heck, but still not enough precipitation to XC ski. Hmpf! 😒
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A Hericium Family (3 different species) Swipe to compare all 3.
Photo 1 shows Hericium Americanum commonly known as Bear's Head Tooth. Without it's branching of teeth it can be mistaken for Hericium Erinaceus or known commonly as Lion's Mane. Even with it's branching Hericium Americanum is commonly misidentified. Not a huge mistake I guess as all the Hericium are edible. This specimen in the first picture was unfortunately past prime for gathering. Fresh edible specimens will be ivory white, branching, and with long draping teeth. If it wasn't for me sliding down a cliff side basically to a creek bank, this specimen would have probably never been seen with human eyes.
Photo 2 is Hericium Erinaceus also known as Lion's Mane. This is a highly regarded edible and medicinal mushroom in the Hericium genus. Unfortunately the specimen in picture 2 was past prime just as the Hericium Americanum was that I found. When young and fresh Hericium Erinaceus will be one mass of teeth with no branching. Lion's Mane will look as if the tree has a miniature waterfall flowing from it. As for a medicinal mushroom, Hericium Erinaceus is usually listed in the top 3 of all beneficial mushroom and right next to Inonotus Obliquus (Chaga). I'm not going to list the long list of health benefits Lion's Mane provides but there are tons of resources online that are easy to find.
Photo 3 is a repost from the end of summer and is of Hericium Coralloides known commonly as Coral Tooth or Comb Tooth. This is another edible species from Hericium and thankfully I came across this specimen just in time. This species could be mistaken for Hericium Americanum which is posted in photo 1. Instead of branching drooping teeth though, Hericium Coralloides will have branching with teeth that resemble coral.
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✔️ Master thesis handed in
✔️ Real-life-adult job found
✔️ Christmas gifts purchased
✔️ Binge watched Narcos for 1 day (ok this wasn't very good adulting but I think I deserved it)
I’ve gone over a week now without having any crazy trauma responses which is the longest it’s been since I moved. I’m taking this as a sign that all the work I’ve been doing in therapy and on my own is really helping. I made sure to be proactive every time something triggered me and dealt with it as soon as I could with my therapist. There were so many things that came up after moving in with my partner and it felt like every time I got one thing under control something else would pop up. I won’t be surprised if this isn’t the end of it, but it’s really nice to have a reprieve and for all my internal parts to see they can trust me - that I’m actively listening to their needs and responding in ways that help. The more they trust me, the less reactive I’ll be to triggers, because they’ll wait and let my core self deal with the situation before freaking out. I know this all sounds pretty abstract but if it’s interesting or helpful for anyone then yay. 😉 I’m just glad to be feeling more even-keeled and to see even more evidence of how helpful therapy is for me. •
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🌿”Come with me, to where dreams are born, and time is never planned” ~ Peter Pan 🌿 #yardfamily
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Nature > drugs. Once I sobered up and really came into a substance free lifestyle, I quickly realized that not only was I embarking on the greatest adventure ever, but also that all those old escape mechanisms I was using like alcohol, cocaine, weed, ecstasy - didn't have anything on Mother Nature.
The next time you're feeling sad, lonely, angry, frustrated, defeated, get yourself out into the wild. The peace of nature will flow right into and if you let it, it'll be better and much longer lasting than the synthetic and short lived highs of any drug, including alcohol (which btw IS also a drug). 💙🌲
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it's my birthday! 🎈| jeg ønsker meg friheten tilbake som i en krykkefri hverdag og skogens aller fineste ro. 💫 ..men en varm virtuell klem er også fint, altså.