Fungi season!

The heavy rains of early October have produced spectacular growth of fungi in the pine forests of Guadarrama in recent weeks. Mushrooms and toadstools abound..

Big mushrooms! Fleecy milk-caps (L. vellereus), edible but not very good..

Big mushrooms! Fleecy Milkcaps (L. vellereus), edible though not recommendable..and outstanding in size.

Among the more colourful – and generally spectacular – are the classic toadstool, the pizza fungus, the psychoactive mushroom known as Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).

Fly agaric, agárico pintada or matamoscas, not one to eat unless you want to..fly!

Fly Agaric, agárico pintada or matamoscas, not one to eat unless you want to..fly!

Never hard to find, this year the Fly Agaric is absolutely abundant among the pines of Fuenfría. They’re everywhere..it’s a day-tripper’s heaven!

Psychedelic pizza party!

Psychedelic pizza party!

Of course you can also find mushrooms that you can eat and enjoy without going on a trip, the classic porcini for example, Boletus edulis, known in English as Ceps or Penny Buns.

Culinary porcini or Ceps, in Spanish sometimes called setas calabaza.

Culinary porcini or Ceps, in Spanish sometimes called setas calabaza.

Even if you don’t want to pick fungi, just the spectacle of seeing them in their wild abundance means that it’s worth getting out for a walk in the woods.

 

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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