While hiking in a State Forest in Northeastern Pennsylvania I found a great specimen of a Hemlock varnish self fungi. As pictured, these were growing on a Hemlock tree stump near a stream. The proper name for the fungi is Ganoderma tsugae and it is considered non-poisonous but inedible because of it’s woody texture; however, it can be used in teas and extracts. The fruit bodies have been used medicinally for anti-tumor remedies.
My whole life I have enjoyed adventuring in the outdoors. From a simple walk in the woods to hiking, camping, bushcrafting, and learning survival skills, to hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, Ice Climbing, Mountain Biking, and canoeing to name a few. I really enjoy learning new things and sharing what I have learned. Happily married for 30+ years. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters. The oldest is married to a wonderful man and they live in Massachusetts. The youngest is still in college here in Pennsylvania. Our latest hobby is Indoor Rock Climbing with the hopes of progressing to the outdoors, eventually. I enjoy Tree Climbing and we are exploring the possibilities of Tree Camping. We have a Silky Terrier named Scruffy and he is a great dog and loving companion! We rescued Scruffy from a kennel in Upstate New York in 2013 he will be 7 years old in December 2017. View all posts by Adventure BushCrafting