When I first moved to Taos I quickly met other seeking newcomers, particularly a collection of strong capable women, hiking companions, ski buddies, travelers, artists, farmers, builders.  From these friendships I learned of all manner of adventures and activities one could embrace in our high desert mesa where canyons drop down to the Rio Grande River and the mountain forests meet our expansive blue skies.

Early on one of these friends and I decided to try our hand at gathering the edible mushrooms we had heard we so prevalent on our forest trails.  We grabbed a guide and kept our eyes peeled studying the various species and taking only a couple of mushrooms we thought we had properly identified to be safe.  When we returned we discovered a dangerous twin of the mushroom we had thought we found and in the end decided it best not to risk making a meal of our find.  From then on I got my mushrooms from the farmers’ market, trusted mushroom gatherers, and the grocery store.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Nearly ten years later I learned that this same friend has since gone mushrooming many times over the years with seasoned veterans of the trade learning to safely gather at least 6 varieties of edible and delicious mushrooms that thrive on our mountains.  In the past week we have gone twice, literally treasure hunting for mother nature’s generous bounties returning with pounds of tasty treats to share with our communities!  I am learning how and where to look for mushrooms, how to prepare and preserve them, and most of all, how to slow down on a hike and keep my eyes peeled for all the beautiful flora that bursts forth in this particularly damp late summer season.

Please note: most of these images are not of the edible mushrooms, but simply some of the more beautiful images I was able to photograph.
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