A hericium family (3 different species) swipe to compare all 3.
photo 1 shows hericium americanum commonly known as bear's head tooth. without it's branching of teeth it can be mistaken for hericium erinaceus or known commonly as lion's mane. even with it's branching hericium americanum is commonly misidentified. not a huge mistake i guess as all the hericium are edible. this specimen in the first picture was unfortunately past prime for gathering. fresh edible specimens will be ivory white, branching, and long draping teeth. if it wasn't for me sliding down a cliff side basically, to a creek bank this specimen would have probably never been seen with human eyes.
photo 2 is hericium erinaceus also known as lion's mane. this is an highly regarded edible and medicinal mushroom in the hericium genus. unfortunately the specimen in picture 2 was past prime just as the hericium americanum was that i found. when young and fresh hericium erinaceus will be one mass of teeth with no branching. lion's mane will look as if the tree has a miniature waterfall flowing from it. as for a medicinal mushroom, hericium erinaceus is usually listed in the top 3 of all beneficial mushroom and right next to inonotus obliquus (chaga). i'm not going to list the long list of health benefits lion's mane provides but there are tons of resources online that are easy to find.
photo 3 is a repost from the end of summer and is of hericium coralloides known commonly as coral tooth or comb tooth. this is another edible species from hericium and thankfully i came across this specimen just in time. this species could be mistaken for hericium americanum which is posted in photo 1. instead of branching drooping teeth though, hericium coralloides will have branching with teeth that resemble coral.
Sensories are ignited within the details of hunting: shadows, wind, light, disturbance patterns on grassy slopes, wings whisperimg on twisting reeds...
a panorama of details construct the full immersion into a system. in this system i am aware of my own animalness. participant in a hierarchy of living cycles; i am not at the top or bottom. it is devastating, and complete in the same sentence..
le photo, magnificent @louielothrop
While waiting on more pressed flowers to be ready i've been working on some ink and foraged wood pieces as well as mother earth floral faces that will soon be necklaces. hardest part is having the patience for things to finish curing.