Sunset Lake Hike Pt. 1

After the Blue Lakes hike, I went over to the Sunset Lakes area nearby. The trail was full of mushrooms and a few wildflowers.

It started out with some aspen trees, which are brilliant in the fall

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This one was super old, they usually fall over after 50-60 years

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This branch was starting to change

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An electric leaf

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Later in the year, elsewhere in the state, these were at about peak color

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A hillside with flowers

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And butterflies

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Native grasses

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Lots of fungus, this is a bolete that stains red (not edible)

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This bolete was yummy for a deer or other mammal

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They are meaty and easy to identify, with their lack of gills

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This coral fungus, or ramaria, was rather large

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Salmon-colored

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A chicken mushroom, the yellow flesh is distinctive, they are good edibles

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Not sure what this was

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But it was a pretty lavender

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Another bolete?

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Yes, a king or queen, also known as porcini, one of the best wild mushrooms

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Another, doesn’t it look like you should put it in a soup or make a sauce with it?

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Next time, rocks and water

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One Response to Sunset Lake Hike Pt. 1

  1. mary says:

    Those mushrooms look huge! Great pics.

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