Mushrooms Picking in Belarus

Every fall I have one dream. I dream about early morning in the oak grove. Each tree is huge, age-old. I dream that it’s October, and even air is golden from the color of the foliage and leaves. I dream that I went to mushroom picking with my parents.
It’s one of my favorite recurrent dreams 🙂 Because it’s not just a dream, it’s a childhood memory. Each year until we went to pick the mushrooms. And this forest from the dream is a real place. It was pretty distant from my town; we went there only during good seasons. But it always was my favorite place though during these times I hated to go for mushrooms.
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking

I spent two good weeks at the beginning of September at hometown. I haven’t been at home for a year and a half. And last time I’ve been there in September was more than four years ago.
The forest is a part of my dad’s life. Especially during this part of the year. So I was happy to be with him. So happy that I didn’t notice that we went for mushrooms.

09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking

Here I should say about Belarus forests. My home town is Brest, it’s a on western part of the country, mostly flat with a lot of swamps. Locals spent summers picking wild berries in the woods, late summer rains bring the first mushrooms – usually, porcini or boletus. Fall adds variety of mushrooms. My dad used to hunt for them until the first snow (usually late November).
Forests are mostly mixed: pines, birch, European oak.

09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.12. Pine Woods and Mushroom Picking
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.10. Bulkovo, Belarus
09.08. Brest, Belarus

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