French forest fungi

Posted: July 18, 2017 in Nature, Travel
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Finally, fundamentally fabulous, fantastic French forest fungus.  Fun!  🙂

Yes, alliteration has struck again.  If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that where I go in France, I’m deep in the Vosges forest.  This is where we walk the dogs each day.

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Although we love to hunt for (edible) mushrooms, much of what we find is, although fun to see, not edible and might even be poisonous.  Despite not being edible, fungi can be eye-catching, as I think you can tell from these photos.

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Unfortunately, one other thing this area has in abundance is ticks, some with Lyme disease.  NOT fun!  Even though we took all sorts of precautions in dress and spray, we found ticks on us (and the dogs) when we returned.  We thought bright colors would make it easier to see the ticks, but evidently they like bright colors.  The solution, it appears, is to wear running tights with sock tops pulled over them, spray everything, wear a brimmed hat, etc.  Evidently the ticks can’t get a good hold on the Spandex, so they can’t crawl inside anywhere.  You can bet I’ll be packing a pair of running tights for my next trip!!  No tick photos, though!!

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  1. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Isn’t it amazing what kind of shapes mushrooms / funghi can have?
    I remember going with my grandma through the forest and she’d pick them and make a delicious lunch or dinner of them. Yummy.
    Have a very HAPPY day 🙂

    • None of these are edible, unfortunately, although I did find a porcini or two during the time I was there. I’ve been there later in the summer, when the black trumpets are out and they’re delicious!


  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Yes ticks are a great problem, we have to be careful. Guess my luck is the fact I mostly use my mountain bike. But no matter what so the area is amazing. Nose, ears and most of all the eyes are challenged the positive way. 🙂

  3. macmsue says:

    Intriguing fungi, looks like a great place to wander though I loathe the idea of ticks.

  4. Sue says:

    Those purple fungi on the tree are something else! The ticks would have me worried….

  5. I love those purple shelve fungi1
    sorry to report i had a tick make its way up under tights and attach in the hollow of my knee-didn’t find him until evening. i think the only solution to ticks is a thorough check every evening. importunately they take a while to really get fully attached.
    which if any of the fungi you posted are edible?.

    • None of these are edible, Holly, but I did find a few porcini while I was there. We checked whenever we got back from a walk, but if they’re in your clothes somewhere, they can come out later. I guess that means a check in the evening is good, too.


  6. Beautiful forest photos. Love the red. Ticks are a real problem for all of us who enjoy the outdoors. Good tips. 🙂

    • The possibility of ticks are keeping me off the really overgrown paths in the park that are off the main paths. Also, there’s so much growth that it’s difficult to walk on them during the summer anyway.


  7. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful photos, Janet. the one on the bottom looks like it spilled over and froze.

  8. How fun to see more than one type of fungi! I too like that purple one. I’m always aware of ticks, but often forget to check myself after being in the forest, woods, or grasses, but I do use spray on my clothes and bod. Hopefully that will keep me tick free.

    Looking forward to seeing those mountain images!

    • I hope people aren’t getting tired of my French trip. 🙂 I still have a number of things to share. In August, I’ll be going to Wyoming, which means offline for some weeks, but an entirely different set of things to share. 🙂

      Yeah, the tick issue isn’t so funny, especially as so many carry diseases. Spray helps, but we used spray, too, so always check!


  9. joey says:

    What a pretty place 🙂 I love the first mushroom photo, with all his ruffles on display. I get a spread of mushrooms in September, and I enjoy them, although they’re not the edible sort. They’re nice to look at as they appeal to my love of woodlands.

    • My feelings exactly, Joey. They make a wonderful decoration for nature. This place would be perfect if not for all those ticks! I see mushrooms in the park when I’m walking, but I’d never pick any there. In France, my s-i-l knows which are edible as does any pharmacist.


  10. Amazing variety and even eloquence (really).

  11. Leya says:

    Oh, those purple ones are just amazing! Ticks are much hated by me and Totti. He gets pills so they die if they try him…I have a vaccination to protect from TBE, but Borrelia…no way to protect you from. I read somewhere a vaccin was coming, but that could take some years.

  12. Su Leslie says:

    Great photos. Scary about the ticks though. I never think about things like that here, but I suspect that’s a bit naive of me. 🙂

  13. I just returned from my European trip last Friday so I was offline for a few weeks and I return to your F bomb but in this case, the Fs were very applicable! Great photos! I have to work on my photos and many door shots I saw along the way.

    • I thought about the F-bomb (one of my very least favorite words) when I wrote this. 🙂 Glad you thought my F’s were appropriate. I hope you had a great time. I’ll look forward to your doors and other photos.


  14. Hi Janet, I’m just catching up and getting a look at your fungi. I love them too, even if they’re not edible and I don’t know their names 🙂

  15. Beautiful Mushrooms. Recently mushrooms in an Indian forest and had the confusion if they were edible or not. I believe that one with visible septa, as in the second image, are poisonous. Keep sharing more work

    • If I or my sister-in -law don’t know positively that a mushroom is edible, it remains food for the camera only. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for the visit and comment.


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  17. nalhussain says:

    The place is amazing! All pictures is fantastic , I would like to visit the place in future