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Wild mushrooms from the Himalayas

For all you mycologists out there, I came across many spectacular mushrooms on my daily walks through the fields and forests of Nepal.   The photos below are all taken on the Annapurna Circuit.

This miniature red mushroom was lovely.   Less than an inch tall, it still stood out amongst the greenery of Purang, just below Muktinath.   Could it be an amanita mushroom?   Any information from a mycologist would be appreciated.

We came across this white mushroom growing out of a tree on the walk between Dzong (also spelled Jhong) and Jharkot.

These small mushrooms were in the forest outside Putak.

Someone was in the midst of collecting these and left them on the side of the road, not far from where we saw the group above.  These were much larger however.

More brown mushrooms from near Jhong.   Our Guest House host did not eat the local mushrooms, but said that others did.   We had many tasty and safe meals of mushrooms during our time in the Mustang District.

These lovely little white mushrooms were peeking out from under the grass.

Seeing the moss beside this creamy mushroom, you get a sense of scale.   Some of these are tiny.

This spectacular black and white mushroom was directly on the trail on the road from Putak to Keg Beni.   In recently disturbed soil, there were a pair not far apart.

But best of all was the welcome mushrooms drying on the rooftop of the Red House Lodge in Keg Beni.   The mushrooms above are a feast for the eyes, but these are a feast for the belly.

More to come.   Stay tuned.

If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 3 weeks ordering portraits. 

Deadline for new submissions is September 15th, 2012 - fast approaching.   So do not delay.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Autumn 2012 trip.



To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three artists will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

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