Happy 4th of July! We have been going on hikes in the Adirondacks lately and I am feeling so inspired and excited by the beautiful nature we can experience firsthand.
We hiked the Eagle Canyon Trail off of the Fish Creek Road this weekend. It was fantastic! The moss covered boulders that look like they were just tossed here and there, the massive wall of rock, the moss everywhere, the tall trees that grow from a 6 inch crack in the cliff, the unusual mushrooms and the view from the top!!
The rapids are sometimes used for white water rafting in the fall. There are areas where rock climbers have gear pounded in the cliff. Amazing. It's a great way to spend a weekend and I have several ideas emerging to develop in the future.
I hope your 4th was just as satisfying and enjoyable as ours.
I believe the mushroom is Genus Phaeolus Schweinitzii.
Hi! I'm branching out a bit and offering art classes for adults at Connie Noftsier Studio! Each month is a different medium of art, try something new and bring a friend. A class would make a great Mother's Day gift! Registration will BEGIN tomorrow, at connienoftsierstudio.com, Saturday April 23rd for these four classes and registration will END May 7th. I have 8 seats per class so sign up early to get a spot. I hope to see you at a class! Connie
Hello Fall! What a beautiful time of year here in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The maple trees are plenty here and are beginning to show off their colors and are so inspiring. I’ve been busy working on a fall line of pendants and am pleased to have them finished and posted in the shop area of the website. Take a look and see what ones you love best!
We haven’t been out looking for mushrooms in a month, it’s been so busy! Maybe next weekend we can fit it in, I hear the honey mushrooms and chicken of the woods mushrooms are out now. Mmm, I love chicken of the woods mushrooms, the texture is truely like chicken and with the right seasonings you would think you were eating chicken!
Take care and enjoy the fall!
Well, I did say I wouldn’t overwhelm you with too many posts!
It’s been a while since I posted, no, we did not eat the deadly gems! We have been busy working and doing forays in and around the Adirondacks on the weekends whenever we can. We have wanted to find some chanterelles but just when we think we found some they weren’t quite right. And the number one rule is if you have ANY doubt at all don’t eat them!
Randy had gone fishing and found these lovely gems, a large group of them in fact! He brought some home and looked them up online and in his book. They were NOT chanterelles but were the deadly Jack-o-lantern mushroom. They weren’t growing in the right place and were too close together and the color was off. So disappointing!
Fast forward a few weeks… we were camping after a month of rain, no kidding, this July was the wettest in recorded history in our area, and the mushrooms were prolific! We found so many different types it is amazing! I will post more pictures later but the most exciting ones are the chanterelle! They were growing in the right place and way and looked like the reference guide and a mushroom group confirmed they were chanterelle.
We did not eat them though since we didn’t have cell service at camp and it was too long to store them before we could check with our group. Maybe the next time we will be able to confirm more quickly and get to taste them.
Thanks again for joining us!
Two of my fiber sculpture mushroom pieces have been placed on consignment in the Wide River Antiques store in Long Lake! That’s a first for me and makes me so happy to have my work represented in the Adirondacks!! Thank you Pat for the opportunity! If you are down that way check out this delightful store of well chosen antique and art pieces.
The new piece I’ve been working on and just finished has a very tiny parasol mushroom and moss in a knot of wood displayed under a glass dome.
In the last two weeks we have been foraging and collecting mushrooms to do spore prints! Are they ever amazing! I can’t get enough of them.
Each one is so unique and sometimes are very sharp and intricate. Sometimes they are a little blurry or smeared depending on how well the spores fall down and how well they are sealed under the glass.
What a great summer time adventure!
If you would like to try it here are directions.
How to take a spore print of your own.
Find a mushroom that has gills on the underside, if they are white put them on a black card stock paper, if they are dark put them on white card stock. You must cover them with glass and make sure all the edges of the glass are on the paper, no gaps, or you will get swirls and not very sharp prints.
Wait 2-24 hours, look through the glass to see if anything is on the paper. I like to do mine overnight but once in a while it’s too long and they get mushy.
Carefully uncover and lift them off of the paper print.
There are some ways to seal them but I’ve just taken pictures and won’t try to preserve them. They actually have depth to them and could move around if blown on.
Give them a try. They are just awesome!
We are off on another foray tomorrow if it’s not too rainy. Randy went fishing today and found some beautiful, deadly gems! We are not going to eat those! I’ll tell you all about that next week!