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  • Dodging Anatoly and Other Mushroom Thoughts

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    Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 08:17 PM

    Square_140_emerging_boleteEmerging king bolete. "Anatoly" Baskets were stacked in the pickup's bed big, flat-bottomed baskets with integral handles serious mushroom-collecting baskets. I had just parked M's Jeep at the edge of a little clear-cut, a spot close to but not too close to the place we call "the mushroom store." We were standing behind it, her looking sort of woods-ninja, all in black with binocular slung, me in the red shirt I wore so that she could keep track of me. No packs, no baskets, no bags. That...
  • Would You Eat Amanita if David Arora Cooked It?

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    Saturday August 23rd, 2014 at 08:35 AM

    Square_140_amanita_trio David Arora's book All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms is one of our favorites, right after Vera Evenson's Mushrooms of Colorado and the Southern Rocky Mountains. (His magnum opus is Mushrooms Demystified.) So with that expertise, would you sit down to a steaming plate of Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) if he cooked them? Wild-food blogger Langdon Cook did and got an education. More than any other species, though, Arora is known for serving his guests...
  • Lassie Makes a Comeback

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    Tuesday August 19th, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Pal, the proto-Lassie, in 1942 (Wikipedia)Entertainment-industry dog news is outside the remit of this blog, except that I recently mentioned Lassie's stint with some fictive version of the U.S. Forest Service "She," played by another descent of the legendary collie dog Pal, retains an 83 percent 'brand awareness' among Americans; words like 'loyal,' 'hero' and 'heartwarming' were most often associated with the character," reports the New York Times. With brand loyalty like that, Lassie can...
  • Blog Stew, Listed with Sotheby's

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 03:37 PM

    Want to buy a southern Colorado ghost town? It has been mostly restored, and it is a National Historic District too. Listed with Sotheby's real estate division, so not cheap. Wolverines will not get federal protection in Colorado as a "threatened" species. The pro-protection argument was based on projected climate change. This sounds like something from the Daily Mail but can the Lone Star Tick force you to become a vegetarian (or at least a piscavore)?
  • Sheep Mountain Wearing a Hat

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    Monday August 11th, 2014 at 04:05 PM

    Square_140_sheep_mountain_sm Sheet Mountain in western Huerfano County under an uncommon cap of cloud, post-thunderstorm. It and its neighbor, Little Sheep Mountain, are known for their carbon dioxide field. There is a jokey title in there somewhere.
  • Smokey is 70, How Old is Lassie?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Friday August 8th, 2014 at 09:01 AM

    Square_140_lassiecoreystuart A week ago we stopped in at "the lodge," the first time in years. Despite the merely average food (heavy on burgers and burritos) and watery coffee, it hits an emotional place for both M. and me. Creaky, uneven wooden floors, knotty-pine paneling for her it echoes similar establishments in the Vermont of her childhood, for me it is the same, only with memories of the Black Hills or little Colorado mountain resorts like Platoro or some place up in the Poudre River canyon. Near our booth in...
  • "Where the Arkansas Begins"

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday August 6th, 2014 at 03:37 PM

    Our watershed has a song! Performance by Devin James Fry for the bees in Austin, Texas. Tip of the big-brimmed hat to Kenny Paul at Pour House Coffee Roasters in Florence.
  • Walking in the Wets

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    Saturday August 2nd, 2014 at 03:36 PM

    I apologize to everyone whose email I did not answer or whose editing job I am behind schedule on, but yesterday despite (because of?) the rainy week, I just had to get out of this house. So M., the dog, and I took a walk in the rainy forest and found some mushrooms, some to admire and some to eat. The Wet Mountains were living up to their name. That is Lake Isabel down below.
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