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August 10, 2010

Back in the Washington DC/northern Virginia area again, exploring local parks and natural areas...
On Sunday, 8/8 spent the day walking Green Springs Garden near Annandale, Va. This wonderful twenty-seven acre park is maintained by the Fairfax County Park Authority, which deserves high commendation for meticulously labeling each plant, and providing excellent care for a huge variety of beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. The staff we met were all very friendly and helpful, adding their charm to this special place in the midst of the suburbs.

Click on the link below to visit the Green Springs Garden site.
Lobster mushrooms, shown above, are "created" when a parasitic ascomycete attacks Lactarius piperatus or Russula brevipes, turning these marginally edible mushrooms into choice delicacies!
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July 27, 2010

Returned home to Vermont earlier this month and was instantly refreshed by the sweet, clean air! A walk in the woods behind the house revealed Ash Boletes growing in their usual spot, but much earlier and in far greater numbers than in past years. There were hundreds of them! Also, found Golden Chantarelles starting to push through the pine needles, and nearby, Lobster Mushrooms doing the same. It has been unusually warm in Vermont this summer, raining almost every other day. Perfect conditions for these late summer "shrooms!"
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp/
Ash Boletes, Gyrodon merulioides, are one of the
edible boletes, but care must be taken to properly
identify them. Many boletes are poisonous!
These Chantarelles will be delicious when fully grown, but at this stage looks very similar to a poisonous look-a-like. Be careful!
Dozens of butterflies feeding on a large Butterfly Bush at Green Springs Garden in Alexandria, Virginia. Take your camera if you go there!
Roll cursor over photo for a close-up look!
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