|Google knows how St. Patrick's Day should be celebrated. Source: google.com|
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sunday, March 30, 2014
|A bad picture of a good harvest of morels found near Auburn, AL.|
*Note: It is your responsibility to correctly identify any plant or fungi that you plan on eating. Consult a local expert and/or an accurate field guide. Do not eat any wild plant or fungus unless you are 100% sure of its identity.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|A nice flush of chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphereus) This particular flush had a different growth form than the mushrooms I found at a different site last year. They were much thinner, and had wavier margins with much less yellow (Photo by Jenna Crovo).|
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Some oyster mushrooms I found in Auburn, AL.|
Thursday, August 1, 2013
|A chanterelle found in Auburn, AL. I'm calling this one a smooth chanterelle (Cantharellus lateritius) because the ridges (technically false gills) are shallow. This was a very mature specimen, and it these were the most distinct false gills we saw all day. We found other species too.|
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I did a little jamming with my friend Michael "Beard" Bracht. He has been trying to help me learn to jam rather than just play the melody. In this video, I play the melody and then he does some improvisation on his mandolin. I hope you enjoy it.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|Broad-leafed wild leeks (Allium ampeloprasum) that my lab mate found in Talladega National Forest.|
I was doing some field work in Talladega National Forest and my lab mate spotted a patch of broad-leafed wild leeks (Allium ampeloprasum)*! We improvised some digging sticks to harvest a few, but we were sure to leave some to repopulate the patch. The digging sticks worked pretty well, and unlike shovels, they don't chop bulbs into pieces. They also leave the soil behind so the habitat isn't disturbed as much as it is when using shovels. The leeks were very strong and spicy when raw, but had a pleasant flavor when cooked. None of the leeks had flowers yet, and they appeared to be actively growing, so they should be around for a little while. Readers in more northern states should have plenty of time to find them. However, before you go out harvesting leeks, learn how to identify them.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top
Dirt's to rocky by far
That's why all those folks on Rocky Top
Drink their corn from a jar
- Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, from "Rocky Top"
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Brave boys here
Brave boys there
Brave boys here
Way down in Alabama
-Chorus from Old Yellow Dog Came Trottin' Through the Meeting House
Here is a fun song I learned. One of the verses is about a dog that walks through a church. When I first moved to Alabama, my friend pointed out all the rural dogs, or "Alabama brown dogs" as she affectionately called them, that wander the country side. Something about this song invokes an image of those dogs wandering around on a hot summer day. I recently changed my head (from fiberskin to renaissance) and added a compensated bridge, The banjo lost a little bit of it's mellow tone, but is a little louder. The fifth string really pops, which I like. It is, however, very hard to sing over. Overall, I still think it was a good choice because it helps me fit in with string bands.
Monday, April 22, 2013
|A thick-footed morel (Morchella crassipes) near Auburn, AL. My friend Cody stumbled upon this patch. I believe I owe him a beer.|