Picking mushrooms in the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye


Photos of mushrooms taken in the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France.


White mushroom

A white mushroom hidden between two fallen branches

One thing I adore with autumn is that with the dead leaves piling up on the ground, the humidity of the atmosphere and yet, the remaining glows of summertime, mushrooms pop up everywhere : in the forest, in the garden, on the trees…

They generally come in all colours and shapes. You can find white ones, orange ones, brown ones, red ones with white spots (don’t eat them). Some are tall and skinny, some are short and stocky. Some are elegant with their large thin hats, some look generous and serene.

Beware, however : as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a mushroom by its comely look : some of the most beautiful mushrooms, like the fly-agaric, happen to be the most dangerous ones. All mushrooms are not as tasteful, and edible, as the famous bolets.

Anyhow, even though you can’t eat them all, all mushrooms are still a joy to look for, and I’m glad I had my camera with me last Sunday so that I could take some pictures of those presents from the Autumn gods. The tiny world that is lurking among the dead leaves is a fascinating one, to be sure.

Un champignon blanc

A white mushroom growing on a dead branch

Une amanite

Some amanita

Un cêpe dans le sous-bois

The forest delight

Mushrooms on a trunk

Two mushrooms growing up on a trunk