|Boletus Edulus + Forest Kit (Cane, Browning Hi-Power and Leica Trinovid 10x42)|
Not far into the forest I stopped the truck in a spot where I've been successful before and decided to walk a little. Almost immediately after getting out of the truck and stumbling around with my cane a bit I found a King Bolete! I collected it but fully expected it to be worm ridden as they often are by late afternoon.
|Driving very slowly and looking hard reveals what otherwise might remain hidden.|
I drove home the long way, exploring some new country. At one point, I stopped the truck for a few minutes to admire the view and in another minute saw a grouse head bobbing through the tall grass. ... and then another and another. I'd stumbled on a covey of six young dusky grouse.
|Dusky grouse in the tall grass.|
|The covey headed for cover - the nearest tree in the open landscape.|
It would be hard to convey the pleasure I got from seeing the grouse. It had been a wet summer and the tall grass in this country was atypical, I've never seen it this tall.
* * *When I got home I cut up my King Bolete. There were a couple of small worm tracks in the stem, but it was otherwise perfect. Sauteed in butter and served together with a nice steak it made for a wonderful meal.
|Simply sauteed in butter with salt and pepper.|