A Fungi World

Porcini mushrooms

Monday, June 15, 2020

Saturday will be our 2020 summer solstice, this year’s longest daylight hours. That day, our local temperatures will rise to 89 degrees, the week’s warmest and popped way above recent temperatures ranging in the 50s and 60s.

Summer solstices mark a beginning-of-the-end to long daylights and warm weather. Afterwards, in days of less light temperatures begin cooling. Here in Oregon’s high desert, September and October are very beautiful months. This year our unusually cool and wet weather dims the impact of summer solstice. It’ll shorten daylights but have less-noticeable weather shifts.

The weather is a big deal, a topic on steroids for those living-in or visiting outdoorsy areas. Oregon’s high desert is a crazy place with a massive mountain range and heavy foresting on its west side, and hundreds of miles of dry sandy desert on the eastern side. The mountain ranges either block or alter weather systems from the west, and the desert can be inhospitably hot or cold.

Years ago, my biggest temperature consideration was whether to venture outside on horseback. I’ve tolerated trails in temperatures over 30 degrees, but anything less makes rein-holding hands sheerly frozen and bitterly-painful. In recent years, during very cold temperatures horse-riding be hanged, I’ve stayed inside by a fireplace.

This year, I’ve developed a new interest and wish to become a capable mushroomer. After lifelong fears of potentially-killer wild mushrooms, I’m learning how to identify and harvest varieties not poisonous. Searching for wild mushrooms still is a new experience, and this week I’ll search with my mentor. That will boost my skills in identifying, harvesting, and preparing fungi as food.

About this weather, I’m less focused on the solstice, and instead loving an ongoing gloomy drizzle. The thing is, it keeps soils damp and encourages newly-emerging fungi.

Dear Friends: It’s all about perspective and relative to our interests and activities. Diana

2 thoughts on “A Fungi World

  1. Diana those are NOT porcini mushrooms you photographed!! Check with your friend first before eating. They could be matsutake, but I’d need better photos before confidently identifying. Guaranteed they aren’t porcini or any kind of boletes. Boletes have pores not gills, no veil on true boletes either

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