Mushroom Spotting in the Netherlands is such a popular thing to search for during Autumn, that many nature and non-nature photographers go crazy for the most unique and latest shots. There are many places to visit and plenty of opportunity to find the cutest, weirdest mushrooms of the Autumn season.
Where To Find Wild Mushrooms
Mushroom Spotting In A Dutch National Park
Did you know the Netherlands has 21 national parks? Some of these are perfect for mushroom hunting, such as the Hoge Veluwe and the De Sallandse Heuvelrug. Just find yourself packing a backpack with your camera an equipment, and head out for the day to one of the parks. Just don’t forget to check the weather, as it is Autumn after all!
Searching For Mushrooms Close By Your Home
But please don’t think you need to travel far for mushroom spotting, as you can often find different types of mushrooms in your local area. This could at nature parks close to cities, such as these that I know of;
- The Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam
- Haagse Bos in Den Haag
- Clingendael in Den Haag
- Wandelpark Eckart in Eindhoven
Different Types Of Mushrooms
These cute but furry blue ones were spotted in my local park. They are from the Stropharia mushroom species, but also known as Vergidris Agaric. Usually found in Autumn, they also pop up in Spring time too. Apparently they are edible, but I also found some information on them being poisonous. My goal was just to take photos, so I left them where they were.
These brown ones were the most popular on my forest and local park walks. These guys usually grow where their food source is. This is usually on old tree stumps, old logs, on trees and of course on the ground. They are often in groups, but can be on their own too.
Red & White Mushroom Spotting
This Autumn it was my goal to finally see some pretty red and white mushrooms. It might sound silly, but at nearing the age of 30 I have never seen them in the wild! And with my photography skills getting better each year, it was time to find them. I could say it was part of a before-you-reach-30 bucket list. But anyway, after a long weekend away in Belgium hunting for them (with no luck but enjoying a cosy weekend away!) we were back in the Netherlands and I couldn’t give up hope.
Below are some of the best ones we found in 1 day, close by our home in Eindhoven!
These pretty red and white mushrooms are commonly known as Fly Agaric, which is one of the most iconic mushrooms to see. There are many different types of course, but they all have distinguish features like the white spots or yellow caps. They are classified as poisonous and first start growing from the ground looking like eggs. Once fully grown, they can have a red and white spotted cap up to 20 cm in diameter.
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I hope these pictures inspire you to get out and find some mushrooms for photography or simply to enjoy during a walk. I had fun exploring also new places in my local area when searching for mushrooms, which is great. Plus I am extremely pleased to have finally spotted some red and white mushrooms!
- Take your equipment and camera – duh!
- Make sure to not to leave any rubbish behind
- Tread carefully
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