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Bracket Fungus

This is a type of bracket fungus, not sure which as there are many.  Located this one while out searching for our dog James who, again, managed to get loose and run off.

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Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake was, for me, the most beautiful lake that we saw.  It was also one of the coolest and windiest days for us.

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There is a nice paved trail at Peyto Lake for visitors.  We saw a few nifty things along the way, such as this cute squirrel that was very busy having a snack.

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These mushrooms were as big as dinner plates and look like they have been burned.  Very ominous looking fungus.

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Panoramic shot of Peyto Lake.  It was just stunning.

Teahouses

There are two trails that we wanted to hike while we were at Lake Louise.  We decided to hike the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail and the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Both trails total 14.6 km (9.07 miles).  The trail for Lake Agnes was a relatively easy hike, while the Plain of Six Glaciers was more challenging.  Of course the going was all mostly up.  We did get to see some nifty things on the way.

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This gray jay was very accommodating by sitting on a low branch and posing for our pictures.

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There were all kinds of interesting mushrooms along the way.

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We did see some folks later in the day foraging for mushrooms.  I know nothing about them except for the ones at the grocery store, so I just take their picture.

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This is Lake Agnes.  The Lake Agnes Teahouse offers up quite a selection of teas, and I witnessed an employee getting water with a teapot straight out of the lake, which I found interesting yet disturbing.  We didn’t take any pictures of the teahouse as there was quite the throng of tourists and we just wanted to get moving on to the next teahouse on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.

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We discovered a “fairy house” on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Not sure if the mushroom grew upward with the pine cone on top of it, or if there was human intervention.  Either way, it was very picture worthy.

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The further along the trail we went the higher and higher we got.

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The higher and higher we got, the less air there seemed to be.  Glen is a good man though, he periodically turns to make sure I am still trudging along.  I get there, just a lot slower than others.  This is me, trying to suck in air.

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We did finally make it to the teahouse, and we were both starving.  We managed to find a table and had a wonderful lunch of homemade vegetable soup, sandwich and chocolate cake.  No pictures of the food, it was consumed too fast 🙂

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This tree, complete with a raven, was next to the patio where we were sitting enjoying our lunch.  He was keeping a sharp eye out for any food that got left behind.

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Lastly, is a panoramic picture at the teahouse.  In the middle of the shot are the glaciers on top of the mountain.  It was a very rewarding view after a long hike up.  Of course, we still had to go all the way back down.

Hen of the Woods

Also known as Maitake mushroom, grifola fondosa, sheep’s head or ram’s head.  It is an edible mushroom, that I hear is quite tasty.  I would love to try it sometime.   They grow at the base of oak trees or stumps and are a pore fungus (polypore) and lack gills.

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Fawn Mushroom

Yep, another day of fungus.  As I said, we saw a ton of different mushrooms on our hike last Friday.  This is a fawn mushroom….I think.  According to the Missouri Department of Conservation the fawn mushroom is edible, but eater beware, it has many lookalikes that are poisonous.

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Puffball Mushroom

I believe this is a puffball, but I am not sure what kind exactly.  Being in a state park we weren’t able to pick the mushroom to investigate it further, and I can’t find anything that looks like it on Missouri Department of conservation website.

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Jack-O-Lantern Fungus

As Glen and I hiked though the woods last Friday we came upon several varieties of fungus.   This is the jack-o-lantern mushroom, also known as false chanterelle.  The jack-o-lantern is poisonous and can cause moderate to severe stomach upset for several days after eating it.

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One way to tell the two mushrooms apart is that chanterelles grow singularly and the jack-o-lantern grows in clusters.

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Another way to tell them apart is that the jack-o-lantern have gills that descend the stalk.   Chanterelles are similar in color but their undersides are smooth with blunt ridges, not gills.

Hunting for Morels

We didn’t find a lot of them, but we found enough to thoroughly enjoy a good mess of fried morels.

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Surprising Garden Sprouting

Glen informed me that we had things growing in our garden already.  So I grabbed the camera and trekked out to the garden.  We have a village of fungus.

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Fungus Amongus

This summer has been unusual.  Unusual in that we have not had any days over 100 degrees and we have had rain in late July into August.  Not that I am complaining, it is just that this time of year it is usually very hot and dry.  With all the recent rains, it has been very muggy though.  Perfect conditions for fungus.  Glen took these pictures the other day.  It was a good thing he did, because they were gone by late afternoon when I got home from work.  They are so delicate looking, I am amazed that they are able to support themselves.  I also love, love, love the droplets of water on the blades of grass.

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