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August 16, 2010

Picture of the week (Dog Tired)

Filed under: Dogs,Picture of the week — Tags: , , , , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

There was a reason the phrase “Dog Tired” was created, and as you can see from the pictures, our pups exemplify it nicely :-). Featured in this photo is Madison, and some days she has a very hard time deciding whether to sleep in her cube or on the floor, the result of such hard decisions tend to end up with her picking both!

August 13, 2010

Wild edibles talk on Monday

Filed under: Misc — Tags: — Marcus @ 8:30 am

I wanted to put up a quick post to let people know that I will be giving a talk for the Chagrin River Canoe & Kayak Club on Monday at 7pm. If you are interested in hearing it please let me know and feel free to join us, after the meeting the group will be going out for their regular paddle.

My presentation will be on identifying some very common wild edibles and their uses in the Ohio region. I am going to try to bring at least a couple kinds of wild edibles for people to try.

The address for the Livery is: 201 Erie Road, Eastlake OH, 44095.

August 11, 2010

Kayaking, Exploring, Geocaching – Nice way to start the day!

Filed under: Outdoors — Tags: , , , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

This last week I have gotten to go out a couple times on my new kayak, and I have to say, this is fun!  On Saturday I went out in the morning and took my camera and tripod to try and get some pictures while out and about.  In the Chagrin river there is a decent size island called Anchor Island, I was on it briefly on Thursday but got rained out.  On Saturday I brought along some jeans and hiking boots to change into and spent about 2 hours on the island.

Anchor island (Click here to see it on a map) was brought to my attention as the Lake Metroparks system just put two geocaches on the island.  I have found that the adventure geocaches are the ones I most enjoy, so I have been looking forward to getting out and finding these.  This island was a lot of fun to hike around, there were some massive trees here, you don’t often see walnut and willow trees that are as big as the ones I found on the island here.  Also I ran into a deer while there, I don’t think the deer was expecting to see a human there :-).

After taking the pictures I wanted to get and exploring a bit, I headed out into Lake Erie for a bit before heading back home.  I have decided that kayaking first thing in the morning is really a good way to start the day!

August 9, 2010

Picture of the week (Black Locust Flowers)

Today I bring you a picture I took this spring while I was out walking Madison at the Chagrin River Park. There were black locust trees everywhere and each one seemed to look more gorgeous than the last. I took quite a few pictures with my iPhone, but I liked this one the best.

Just recently I found out that these flowers are edible and actually very good, I am sad I didn’t get to try them when I saw them this year, but you can bet I will be on the lookout next year for them! I found a great description on the edibility of these flowers if you are interested: http://www.wildfoods.info/wildfoods/blacklocust.html

August 7, 2010

Found some mushrooms

Filed under: Outdoors — Tags: , , , — Marcus @ 6:33 am

Over the last week I have been spending my lunch breaks at work up at Headlands State Park and walking on the Zimmerman Trail. Both of these are about 5 minutes from work, and it really lets you calm your mind and really get ready for the later half of the work day.

While I was out on the Zimmerman trail I was keeping an eye out for mushrooms, I found a group of probably 20 that looked like the pictures below:

This year I have been really focusing on learning wild edibles, I would love to learn how to identify the different edible mushrooms. I have found a couple books that look good, I just need to buy them and get started. I used a guide online (Rogers Mushrooms) to try and identify this mushroom, from as near as I can tell this is a Clitocybe phyllophila mushroom. I did not collect enough information while in the woods to positively identify it, but I learned more of what to look for. Some of the things that would have helped to identify it would have been to take a spore print, feel the mushroom to see if it was slimy or dry and smell it.

To me the important part is to just keep trying to identify them, this was one of my first attempts to find and then positivally identify a mushroom species, hopefully each time I do it, I get better at knowing what to look for. For this particular mushroom all of the ones that seem like it could be it are inedible so being absolutely positive on the identification probably doesn’t matter that much, its more of the challenge to me to know.

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