Montana Outdoors

November 26, 2012

There’s frost on the mushrooms

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 9:12 pm

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms

Frost and mushrooms


  1. So there is! Beautiful detail on those, Terry…wonderful. :)

    Comment by seekraz — November 26, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    • We had a little break in the clouds today the higher mountains are sure white now!

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  2. The sparkles are like fairy dust (not that I’ve ever seen it). Very special effect, isn’t it?
    That first white mushroom looks so pretty it must be deadly poisonous.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 26, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    • La ‘shroom fatale? It looks like it should be in a martini. The little white ones are about half the size of a dime but somehow they attracted the frost.

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

  3. It would look great in a martini, but I think it would probably kill the person who drank it. I thought it was a death angel (ammonita type) at first but the death angel is a bit sturdier. Sure makes the forest floor look beautiful. (I don’t HAVE to eat everything in sight!)

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 26, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    • There are only two that I can positively identify as safe to eat, morels and giant puffballs. The rest I admire at a distance. I saw on the news that several people died recently from eating mushrooms.

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

      • It’s that time of year. Here on Vancouver Island I mainly pick chanterelles because that’s the most common one. Even people who know their mushrooms have made the mistake of putting a “lookalike” in their collection bag and getting sick (or worse) because of contamination from the bad one to the good ones. You have to be very careful with mushrooms. Sounds like you know to stick to the ones you can positively identify. Smart.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 26, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

        • Yes, it’s not worth a lot of risk. I eat lots of wild berries though because I can easily recognize them.

          Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 12:52 am

  4. Exquisite!

    Comment by jomegat — November 26, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

  5. How delicate and beautiful – the first photo is like a fairy’s Christmas tree. Magical!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 27, 2012 @ 1:58 am

    • Yes, aren’t they pretty! I don’t usually take the macro lens with me on a hike when it is that cold, but this time I’m glad I did!

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  6. Wow-that first shot is amazing. And beautiful! I recently found a pinkish one that wasn’t frozen yet.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 27, 2012 @ 5:15 am

    • I’m sure that these are the results of a warm, rainy spell that we just had. They are frozen now.

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  7. So beautiful, so delicate.

    Comment by anniespickns — November 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    • These are tiny ones. I can’t remember seeing the little white ones before.

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  8. Some beautiful photographs here Montucky! Our fungi were frozen to death quite a while back, maybe you have some more frost resistant varieties in Montana? My favorite shot is the 2nd to last one.

    Comment by Wild_Bill — November 27, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    • These must have come up during the recent warm spell and then froze when it turned cold again. Next week we are supposed to have some warm days; I wonder what they will do.

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  9. White frosty beauties!

    Comment by Roberta — November 27, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  10. Oh my goodness, you’ve captured the frost so well. Better than tinsel on a Christmas tree! :-)

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 27, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    • Looked at closely, they turned out to be really pretty, didn’t they!

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  11. Hee, I agree with the “fairy dust” comment! :) Just lovely…

    Comment by FeyGirl — November 27, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    • There is something whimsical about mushrooms anyway, and the frost is an interesting touch.

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

  12. Those are great, a whole miniature winter wonderland going on there.

    Comment by Candace — November 27, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    • they do have their own little world, even in winter!

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

  13. Splendid shots!! The first one looks like an iceshroom!

    Comment by kcjewel — November 27, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  14. The white ones are lovely. They look as though they should be part of the set of “The Nutcracker”! I must say – the very mention of morels makes me long for the woods. There’s nothing better, dredged in flour and then sauteed in butter. Yum!

    Comment by shoreacres — November 27, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    • Those little white ones sure stood out against the moss. You know, the first time I ate morels I didn’t especially care for them. Now I eagerly look forward to the time when they appear!

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    • A few springtimes ago I came across a trove of morels in the woods only a few miles from home. We went back with a couple of bags and gathered several pounds of them (still leaving plenty in place for reproduction). Then we cooked them and invited some native plant friends over to help us eat what we couldn’t eat ourselves. I haven’t run across a single morel anywhere since then, unfortunately.

      Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 28, 2012 @ 5:54 am

      • They can be strange plants. Three years ago I found them plentiful along a certain stretch of a trail. The next two years there were only a few there.

        Comment by montucky — November 28, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

  15. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a frost-covered mushroom, or even a photograph (like your first) of the combination. It’s not something I’m likely to see down here in the much warmer climate of central Texas, but I can always hope.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 28, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    • I’m not used to seeing frost on them either. Probably because when there is heavy frost there are other things to be concerned about or the snow just covers them right away.

      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

  16. Great findings; I love them.

    Comment by Sartenada — November 30, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    • I do too. They are unusual but I thought them pretty.

      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  17. such magical fungi frosty images!

    Comment by Tammie — November 30, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

  18. Frost on mushrooms… like beautiful natural jewels. Gorgeous pictures.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 2, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  19. Wonderful images! It was a rough year for mushrooms here with the summer drought, though I spotted some in the autumn after the rains came more often.

    Comment by Watching Seasons — December 4, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    • It was a bad summer for them here too. We had a very wet spring, then a draught for a month and a half followed by frequent rain since. Some were able to grow before the cold weather though so maybe they will be OK next year.

      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

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