Spore Prints

Overcast and rainy days at last! 

It was such a long time without rain that these recent grey clouds have been welcome indeed. Along with the clouds and the overnight rain, there were once again mushrooms in our garden. This morning, after letting the chickens out, we picked mushrooms from the grass in order to make spore prints. We snipped off their stems, set them down on paper and placed cloches over them (though you can use a cup) to impede breezes. Within an hour or two we had beautiful, highly defined, fascinating spore prints.

We scouted the front garden too, looking for different varieties, to no avail. We are all looking forward to duplicating the experiment with different mushrooms as soon as we find them!

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