Friday, April 30, 2010

Ohio mushrooms



Kristal Gartner, RN at Grant Medical Center sat next to me at lunch in Columbus and talked about morel mushroom hunting with her husband. You see them here in the wild and on the family picnic table.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well this ignoramus was thinking they looked distinctive enough to be safely harvested, but not so,says Wikipedia;
"When gathering morels, care must be taken to distinguish them from the poisonous false morels.." Also that they are the state mushroom of Minnesota. "State mushroom"???

nonlocal

Anonymous said...

Good Morning
What a pleasure to meet and speak to you yesterday at lunch. Love the pictures. Hope you enjoyed Ohio hospitality. Next trip to Boston, I will look you up.

Kristal Gartner

power said...

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