Shaggy Mane

Fall is a great time of year for photographing fungi – a favourite food of many of the smaller critters I photograph and I love getting out and finding different fungi growing in our local forests and woods. This, I believe, is a well known mushroom the Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus), also known as the Ink Cap, Shaggy Ink Cap or Lawyers Wig. The caps on these fungi can grow to 3 to 6 inches in length and diameter. Within a day or so of emerging, they start to darken from the edges inwards and turn to a dark inky substance, hence the name ‘ink cap’ and the substance has even been used as a writing ink in times gone by. Just because a species of fungi is called ‘mushroom’ does not necessarily mean it is safe to eat. Due to a variety of toxins found in fungi, many are noxious and should never be consumed, others have medicinal or hallucinogenic properties and some, after processing or cooking are really, really tasty!

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