Why haven’t my shiitakes flushed?!
There are some maples in the yard that are very pretty! The japanese maple is as brilliant red as I’ve ever seen it this year. That’s an awesome looking tree. I can never get any seeds from this tree because the squirrels eat them all. They don’t touch the seeds from the other maple trees and they sprout everywhere in the spring.
On the right is a real-life bonsai tree on top of stone mountain. I don’t know what kind of pine this is but it is a short leafed variety. I took some seeds from this tree but now I don’t remember if I planted them or not. I need to label things better than I do.
It’s like a moonscape up there with lots of craters and chains of craters that are probably lightning strikes. Most of them are perpendicular to the surface and nearly perfectly round. Some have been eroded away by water.
There are other formations that look like ears. These look more like the work of water to me, but I’m not positive how they got there. Sometimes when you go up there they are filled with water. Which I was loudly informed by a hiker not to touch the water because buzzards drink out of them. I have no idea why that would matter but I wasn’t planning on touching it anyway.
I was trying to see if there were any shrimp in there. There was once fairy shrimp that only lived in the little pools on the mountain and even if it didn’t rain for long periods of time they would be there when the pools filled up. No one has seen any since the fifties, however there are some clam shrimp that still do inhabit the pools up there.
Oh yeah, this post was suppose to be about shiitake mushrooms or lack thereof. I just thought that this would be the worst picture to lead with so instead of changing the title to Bonsai trees I’ll post it down here at the bottom. This log was full of shiitakes last year, this year nada! Where are the shiitakes?! This log is a black maple tree that I chopped down. It had been hacked on in the past and was a scraggly looking tree. The wood is like a rock! It took me at least an hour to fell this tree. It was probably about 12″ in diameter at the base. A statue is sitting on the stump now. Maybe I should have left it alone.