Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Corner view / the great outdoors

Art historian's secrets

Mushroom picking, this is what we do when we hang out outside. Well, with the exception of my own family. We also don't live near the forest but it is just an excuse. But my parents go every now and then and they pick mostly boleti. There are some nice mushroom meals in Czech cuisine, champignons are just not good enough for them. Other than that, mushrooms are my theme and I can talk about cultural aspects of mushrooms for a long time.

Mushroom picking is not such a Czech specialty as Czechs tend to think, as far as I know people pick mushrooms in Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Italy and Russia. But it is true that almost everybody here has been mushroom picking at least once in their lives. Anyway, I have already written about mushrooms on my blog here and also little here.

The first picture of a mushroom-picker we took at the small school do-it-yourself exhibition in the little town in Šumava mountains. Details and other pictures here.


This picture is supposed to add a mystical feeling to this mushroom picking entry. It is in Šumava, the mountains at the bottom of which I grew up. I borrowed the picture, thanks Christina.

Edited: I changed some of the pictures, mushroom disappeared and more pictures of Celtic-Mythic Šumava added. Photo by my husband.

Other corner viewers:
jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad,
caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t.,jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemian girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april, rebecca, b

20 comments:

caitlin said...

That last picture is gorgeous. I love that mushrooms are such a big part of your culture. Very interesting.

Joyce said...

Your last photo is magical! How fun to spend a day picking mushrooms, maybe because I love mushrooms. xoxo

Francesca said...

I'd say this post is more historical than mystical. Although I love to eat mushrooms (I agree, champignons are a little bland in taste) I never paid attention to the European mushroom culture, and how it intersects with art!

MisterE said...

As I have grown older I seem to enjoy mushrooms more then when I was a kid. Thanks for all the history, I never thought about where they came from.

Bonnie said...

Mushroom picking ... how fun !! Not something I've ever tried ...

Ritva said...

that´s what we do here too. pick mushrooms. great way to be in forests and in great outdoors!
beautiful photos. thanks!

Ian said...

I love mushroom picking. It is one of the great outdoors actvities in the woods of Europe.

state of bliss said...

I used to go mushroom picking with my dad when I was a little girl. I still remember the feeling of joy when I managed to discover a mushroom hidden somewhere in the grass in the forest.

Lovely post. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great day,
Kasia x

Kari said...

I love mushrooms. I would be interested in picking them.
I love the last picture - so gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing.

MODsquad said...

Oh, that country is so beautiful!! Sounds like a wonderful spot to gather mushrooms! One thing that we would love to do someday!

Jeannette said...

I´ve seen it in France, Italy and Poland.
I love mushrooms and would really like to pick some myself. But I probably would end up in the hospital (or worse), I wouldn´t know the difference between a mushroom one can eat and one that is poisonous. So till I meet someone who can teach me, for me just the bought mushroom.
Have a great day, Jeannette
PS..love the last picture too

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

I had no idea about the mushrooms! Lovely photos!

janis said...

What a wonderful ritual. Here people are discouraged from picking mushroom on their own unless they really know what they are doing...we have some poisonous ones that grow around here...but the good mushrooms are so delicious! I am a fan of the oyster mushroom at present :)

skymring said...

mushroom picking is quite common in norway too. your second photo is so mystical and beautiful!

Samantha S said...

I love the mushrooms, how great.

nicola said...

lovely!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Crescent Moon said...

In the midwestern United States, Spring is the time for picking morel mushrooms, which look a little like sponges with stems. My mother talks about going on a picnic with her school every Spring and picking morels.
I only went mushroom picking once. I spent hours looking, but had no luck. I sat down on a fallen tree to rest and after a few minutes looked around to discover I was surrounded by morels. I didn't really find them, they found me.

jane said...

how pretty! i´ve been mushroom picking a million times here in spain. i love it. un beso-jane

malo said...

Mushroom picking is very common in Sweden too. Everybody I know over 50 and under 10 are crazy about it. Your country looks so very beautiful.

Lisa said...

Beautiful! Mushroom picking is so much fun, I personally don't eat them though, but my family loves them. I love making spore prints with them. They are so beautiful!