- Met the mushroom Monday afternoon about four in big pot that holds a trumpet vine just leafing out. The roly-poly mushroom looked a lot like the ones I buy at the supermarket but I didn't have the nerve to taste it.
|Monday -- meet the mushroom 'neath the mint|
- Tuesday evening Roly Poly was larger and splitting around the edges. The surface looked like layers of feathers.
- Wednesday evening I tried to see under the cap as Roly Poly stood up taller. I wavered between pulling the mushroom out to see it better, or letting it proceed through stages I didn't know.
- Vaguely hoping to find a way to make veggie ink prints of the mushroom cap, I stumbled upon spore printing. Voila, Google! The supplies are budget-friendly: paper, mushroom, Pyrex, patience, and AquaNet hairspray! True, I would have to interrupt the mushroom's progress. Also true, the spore print is not instantaneous. Thumb-twiddling and deep, cleansing breaths are necessary.
|Can you find the snail?|
- To make a spore print set cap on a piece of paper, and covering it with a bowl. Depending on your patience level, remove the bowl, and lift the cap off the paper in 2-24 hours. Spray the spore print with hairspray.
|First spore print 11 hours|
|Second spore print just 1 hour.|
|Third spore print Thursday evening (11 hours)|
- After four days of rain, I should be able to find mushrooms for further spore print practice this weekend.
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