in early June, my husband and I had the chance to explore the Rolland F. Perry City Forest, a.k.a. Bangor City Forest. It is tucked right in the city of Bangor, Maine. According to the City Website –
“Rolland F. Perry City Forest encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest in Bangor, Maine, and features more than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and open throughout the year.”
My husband hails from Maine but has not heard of this place until we looked for a place to belatedly celebrate our wedding anniversary.
I was surprised and not too surprised.
Outside of the bigger cities, Maine is wild and forested. In fact, our Maine family home was built in a place that was carved out of the woods. Everywhere I looked, I would see nothing but woods. And that may be why my deary husband did not find the need to go looking for woods elsewhere.
On my part, I never expected to see a forest in the city. I just took it for granted that Bangor would naturally have plenty of trees because that is just the way all of Maine is. I guess I can say that the City Forest is hidden in plain sight.
We spent hours walking around this place (and the Orono Boardwalk nearby which will be the subject of a future separate post). Because we visited during a working day during working hours, not too many people were around. But there were a some mothers and children, and families who took advantage of the first sunny day in a week of rains.
We had so much fun walking (like a young couple), the sun was already setting when we headed out. What lucky Bangor people to have this kind of place right on their doorstep.
My main dilemma when I walk in the woods is deciding where to look: up, down, all around? On our recent trek to Borderland State Park on Friday, a red mushroom along the path caught my eye.
On the other side of the path, another variety was in full bloom. It was then that I decided to focus on mushrooms (more or less) during that walk.
After all, there had been a lot of rain in the previous days, the ground was in fact quite damp during our walk, and it was humid – just the perfect conditions for mushrooms to shoot out.
While I was not a mycologist, and could not identify the edible from the non-edible, even toxic varieties, I was certainly beside myself with excitement to see the park and the undergrowth loaded with mushrooms of different kinds. I was fairly sure, however, that the colorful ones were not good for eating.
For this post, I tried to group together mushrooms that look alike to me. Feel free to give me a feedback about the correctness of the grouping. Descriptions (and even identification, Google permitting) of the mushrooms as I have observed them in the wild were also provided in the captions.
Unfortunately, because I was taking pictures as fast as I could so that my family would not leave me behind and because I did not photograph the bottom of the mushrooms, I could not provide a better description of the species posted here.
I saw and took pictures of many other mushroom variety. However, they did not turn out well. And I am sure there were many other types that I saw but did not think of as mushrooms, and many more in the deep woods.
I hope you enjoyed this mushroom gallery. Please feel free to identify the varieties you find here. Thank you.