1 We walked along the foot trail around Little Long Pond. That is the charming boat house on the pond.
2 Areas of Little Long Pond have lily pads growing.
3 This is probably a Painted Slipperycap in the Bolete family, which emerges pink to red with a scaly cap. The stalk is also hairy or scaly.
4 A more mature Painted Slipperycap
5 This little grouping is Monotropa uniflora, also called Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe. This is not a fungi, but rather a herbaceous perennial plant. Unlike most plants, it is white and contains no chlorophyll. It can grow in very dark conditions.
6 The most common group of wild mushrooms, called polypores, grow as brackets on trees, logs, stumps, and other bits of decaying wood.
7 Being a rather rainy and damp summer, there are a lot of moist, decomposing fallen trees, the perfect breeding ground for wild mushrooms.
8 This is a large polypore, or bracket fungus, flourishing at the base of a decomposing tree stump.
9 This granite rock is covered with lichen. Lichens are not a single plant.
10 A lichen is a complex group of plants depending on a close association between a fungus and an algae - a symbiotic relationship. Lichen can thrive in very harsh environments.
11 This bright yellow cap may be an American slipperycap, which likes to grow beneath white pine.
12 There is an abundance of white pine all through Mt. Desert Island.
13 These little mushrooms are most likely members of the Waxycap family, known for their waxy-textured gills.
14 Because their caps and stalks are both orange, these may be Orange-gill Waxycaps.
15 When many mushrooms pass their prime, they're often difficult to identify. These could be a type of Bolete, but they could also belong to the Webcap family, many of which are lethal.
16 Another specimen of the same type of mushroom
17 You can see how much moisture there is in the air.
18 These could possibly be Goldband Webcaps, a poisonous mushroom.
19 These cute mushrooms appear to be Yellow Waxy Caps.
20 The easily identifiable trail marker
21 Another type of bracket fungi - possibly Lacquered Polypore, known for its beautiful mahogany color and smooth lacquer finish
22 This tall tree was toppled in a recent wind storm.
23 These are young spruce pine cones, which drip sticky sap as they mature. I think they're very pretty.
24 Another view
25 These are mushrooms known as puffballs. When mature, they split open, releasing a cloud of spores into the air. It's odd to see them growing on this gravel surface.
26 This appears to be an Amanita Fly Agaric, or possibly Yellow Wart. Both have a warty surface and are poisonous.
27 Another specimen - You can see the skirt-like ring below the yellow cap.
28 This trail takes you past amazing rock formations.
29 These are most likely Lake's Slipperycap, which often emerge with sticky caps.
30 And closely related, these are possibly Granulated Bolete.
31 Another cluster
32 I believe this is another variety of Amanita, possibly Amanita phalloides, with its brownish cap and white stem.
33 I'm not certain, but this very well may be a newly emerging Inocybe geophylla var. lilacina, a poisonous mushroom appearing under both conifer and deciduous trees in summer and autumn.
34 Some little creature certainly enjoyed a meal of this brightly colored mushroom.
35 Another meal
36 Deer and bears are just some of the many animals that like to munch on wild mushrooms.
37 These are the beautiful woods around the perimeter of Skylands.
38 The mossy, spongy ground is a perfect environment for mushrooms to grow.
39 A pine needle path through the woods
40 Fabulous granite formations - We found lovely and delicious Chanterelles growing nearby on my property.
41 These are chanterelles, one of the best edible species. - They are egg-yolk yellow in color with thick, widely spaced ridges.
42 These aromatic, flavorful, and meaty mushrooms need to be thoroughly washed before cooking. Chanterelles are relatively high in vitamin C, very high in potassium, and among the richest sources of vitamin D known.
43 Here they are all cleaned and ready for cooking. The linguini with butter sauteed chanterelles with milk and shaved parmesan that Pierre made was fabulous!