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Scott Stimpson Jr.  Foraging - Gardening - Cooking Florida🔄Oregon 📸Photographer🏞 🍄Fungi & Plants 🌱 🌴Outdoor Adventures🌳 🍇Sommelier in Training🍷 🚙 FL to NV (Sept-Oct) 🏞

I find it really interesting how variable and vibrant the colors of this Chanterelle I've been sharing have been.
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Another thing I'd like to mention is the way that I feel is the most important technique when harvesting wild mushrooms. When it comes down to the bottom line, being respectful and educated is what's of value. And yes this is a touchy and argued subject, but I'm going to be the advocate and say that all wild mushrooms should be cut from their stipe (stem). Of course there are variables to this equation, but I'll say that probably 95% of what I harvest, is always "cut from the base".
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If we are to tread lightly and make minimal impact on the environments that provide so much for us. Then we must make the effort everyday to be conscientious of what we are doing.
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By cutting mushrooms from their stipe, you are leaving the mycelium underground intact and unharmed. Like I mentioned in a previous post, the mushrooms we see are the sex organs of the organism. Oh and they don't just reproduce sexually, they can reproduce asexually as well. But let's not get off topic.
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In conclusion, by cutting mushrooms off at their stipe or base you are reducing your impact on the organism, soil, ground covers, and ecosystem surrounding. So I say that makes the most sense. Bad enough we already walk all over them. ❤️🍄💚🌱

And here we have a lovely family photo of the #Cantharellus Family. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
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Are they just lovely? 🍄

I swear I've been working with the most beautiful models I've seen in a while.
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A funny thing I think about when taking pictures of mushrooms, is the fact that I'm essentially taking nudes of them. Yes nudes! The mushrooms that we see above ground are actually just an extension of the underground organism. This extension, called their "fruiting body" is what grows in order for them to be able to reproduce. Yes! It is their sex organ!
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So in a nutshell, I've been shooting pornography. #MushroomPorn that is.
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You're a tiger! Yeah baby, yeah!

My chanterelles are prettier than yours. 💅🏻
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And who ever said you can't find chanterelles in Florida? 🙃 Having no problem foraging them around the state in a few of my key locations.
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Sorry I've been a bit MIA. But now you see why. 😘 More photos and details to come.

This is what happens when you #RoamFlorida. You get to experience a tunnel of oak trees surrounding you on what seems to look like an endless road.
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This area is always the highlight of my drive when I visit my Mom and Grandmother. I finally stopped to take a photo to share with all of you!
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The Martin Grade Scenic Highway is a 12 mile highway full of lush canopy surrounded by pasture, swamp, groves and forest. Then leads you right into the 22,000-acre Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area.

Happy 85th Birthday Nonna!
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I really don't know, but if it wasn't for this woman right here who knows if I would have been in the kitchen as much as I am nowadays.
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My #Nonna was always making food every time I would spend time with her growing up. Now that age her age is catching up to her, she is living with so many ailments that walking is difficult enough for her, let alone cooking. I kept dreaming about being able to make her home made raviolis stuffed with mushrooms that I #foraged myself. So tonight I made #Porcini and #Chanterelle Raviolis! .
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Cheers to that! ❤️

I've been waiting for these #Plumeria flowers to bloom! Yes they're really that vibrant!
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Not only are they beautiful, their fragrance is delightful! These summer rains have been treating all my plants really well.

🌲Caption this!🌲
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Gosh I miss living in Oregon. ☹️

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I wish to give, to take, to make, to shake
I wanna see it happen
I want to see, to be, the one that plays the game
Without no fears and regrets
I want to know you better than I know myself
I want to feel the end and to enjoy the consequence
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I am playing the game
The one that will take me to my end
I am waiting for the rain
To wash who I am
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Cuz I am playing the game
The one that will take me to my end
I am waiting for the rain
To wash who I am
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I want to move, to lose, to take the grooves
And to give it all back
I want to take the time, rewind
And to kick it right from the start
To be unknown and all alone, and lose the kind that are behind
To start a new play by myself and to give the best I have
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Cuz I'm playing the game
The one that will take me to my end
I am waiting for the rain
To wash who I am

👀Peek-a-boo! I see you!
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It is a rainy gloomy day.
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Had planned to go out on a trail today but the weather didn't permit such activities. Instead I've spent most of the day stretching, organizing all of my wine notes, sipping tea and going through sets of photos.

Oh man! The #SugarApples (#AnnonaSquamosa) are coming in right now. These beauties were grown by @arlosimonds at the Pine Manor Community Garden.
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#SugarApple fruits are sugary sweet, with hints of coconut and pineapple. The black seeds have a very glossy coat to them and should be spit out because they are toxic. But that white creamy flesh is delicious! 😋
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Here in Florida we have a couple native #Annona species. The most common one we see down here is the #PondApple or #GatorApple (#AnnonaGlabra).

Not the normal kind of post from me but this little guy was too cute. 😻
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I had just arrived home from walking @woodlandheeler when she had sniffed out and pounced onto this #opossum (#DidelphisVirginiana) at our doorstep. Fortunately for both of them, neither were injured from the quick frenzy.
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I would like to think that he is smiling, thanking me for saving him. 😁 They're just the cutest!
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And to think that some people see them as pests and kill them off with no regard.

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