Snow Peak Mountain Hike

Discussion in 'HUNTING & IDENTIFICATION' started by RiverDweller, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. RiverDweller

    RiverDweller Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    Hi everyone, (happy chocolate jesus day)
    I had the good fortune to escape the chores and make use of a glorious sunny Spring day, so I headed up the mountain to see what good might come...

    This mountain range has 'fed' the townspeople for many years, logging and milling has all but desecrated it, it still holds secrets though....

    And bears. I was a total idiot yesterday. I went off with with my day pack, planning to just take the easy public access road by the river. Instead I decided to check out a section no one is allowed in, by foot or by wheels. I can't help it, no means yes. The logging trails in this section are long overgrown and hard to follow, gloriously free of trash, empty shell casings, rotten diapers.....you know the muck I'm talking about.

    Anyway, about those bears....I decided not to use the trails but to just keep climbing up through the center. At one point, it became too slippery and steep to keep climbing so I backtracked down and over to the road. I popped up about twenty feet over and as I dragged my ass up and onto the road, POW, momma and two baby black bears, sunning on the trail, literally right where I would have popped up had I not backtracked. My hands went icy and my knees just about gave way. Seriously, not more than 20 ft from me, she's looking at me and I'm trying really hard not to look directly at her.....

    The funniest shit pops into my head and always, always at the wrong time. I thought "pics or it didn't happen". You internet fuckers got me all stupid out there, pics or it didn't happen. Sheesh. So yeh, no pics, I just booked it. My big bad knife felt like some kind of retarded toothpick in my ice cold hand....lol

    Anywho, I was lucky the bear sighting was AFTER the cool fungus discoveries, continuing the hunt for mushrooms in shit-stained panties sounds like a no-go.

    I will load these to my albums too, I just really like it when you open a thread and the pictures are all like BIG and BAM and IN YOUR FACE!

    I guess I'll start with the best shots of the day. Pseudoplectania melaena, ID'd by Drew on MO.
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    This Hydum species is being preserved and sent for sequencing. There are no good Hydum keys for North America and what is sequenced and known from European mycologists is not well documented either. Perhaps my collection will help the process. That's of course, if these tiny, fragile mushrooms even hold up to the process of preserving. They were so very soft and fragile that to touch one meant to break it's cap away :(
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    Ganoderma applanatum - perhaps not the 'classic' Ganoderma growth habit, or at least not what most of North America expects to see. Ganoderma brownii grows in this habit too, only it's spore bearing surface is reported to be a creamy yellow. G. brownii is on my wish-list, but I won't hold my breath.
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    This is a Phaeocollybia species, tentatively ID'd as Phaeocollybia pleurocystidiata, but I haven't done the microscopy to support that yet. Phaeocollybia are always a fun find for me. They are soooo greasy all over, you can't really just pluck them. In order to collect the entire fruit body (most in this genus have very long 'roots') you must dig them up. I have only ever collected from this genus in old growth sections where the forest floor is spongy and soft for 10-12 inches deep. I love that feeling under my boots, that deeply spongy and soft, cloud-like 'cush'. That is the earth's 'womb', where the deepest and oldest symbiotic relationships between plant and fungus exist.
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    Craterellus tubaeformis - a first-time collection for me. I've always wanted to find these yet somehow, once in hand, they seem sorta lackluster...lol
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    I believe these are Marasmiellus candidus, at least that's what I've ID'd them as on MO, we'll see what the community thinks, I guess.
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    Well brothers, that wraps this up for me. I was so happy to find more than a few mushrooms, and very excited to scope these supposedly rare finds. The greasy Phaeocollybia pleurocystidiata are going under the knife first, as I disagree with the ID on MO, I've called them Phaeocollybia californica complex while another senior member disagrees due to the time of year. Either ID is awesome in my book as this genus holds members very rarely found.
    Peace and love and and that jazz...

    Ooops I lied, ahaha, here's some beautiful scenery ....
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    Look closely! A parent tree. I forget how many are required to be present in order to call a forest section 'old growth'. This section held many, many parent trees.
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    RD
     
  2. EvilMushroom666

    EvilMushroom666 Well-Known Member Moderator Mushroom Doctor

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    Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing!

    Glad to hear you got away safe from your close encounter, there can be a few dangers out in the woods while mushroom hunting.
     
  3. bootster

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    Awesome pics RiverDweller. Beautiful scenery and photography.

    :amazin:

    Thanks!
     
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    awesome, thanks for sharing! :thumbup:
     
  5. RiverDweller

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    Thank you everyone for looking :)

    and many thanks to whomever changed my status here, I'll respect it and use it well.
    RD
     
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    Well deserved in my opinion.

    I love your pictures as always.
     
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    :hatsoff: and an appropriate tittle it is......
     
  8. Mr. Anderson

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    Those are some really nice looking pics
     
  9. GGTBod

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    The proposal still stands, clearly i'd be relocating we couldn't have you moving away from all that to join me in the concrete wastelands of the city
     
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    I missed the proposal? Damn. I hope I still get an invite.
     
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    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    Any excuse to buy a new hat eh?
     
  12. Jeff

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    This one is getting old. :wangsta:
     
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    GGTBod One chance at life and this is it so lap it up Administrator Cannabis Doctor Cacti Doctor

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    plus is does look a little bit big for you in that pic
     
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    :thumbup: thankyou RD. always quality posts :)
     
  15. RiverDweller

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    you sir, know how to make a lady smile.

    We have 5 acres here and miles and miles and miles of beauty to explore, come anytime. I even like weirdos, so it's hard to disappoint me. My dog's a tad more finicky though ;)

    Thanks you guys

    I might get a second to myself tonight to drag out my scope so I'll update with that.
    RD
     
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    Looks like a lovely place to live.

    very nice pics.

    Some nice finds and wildlife RD.
     
  17. Jeff

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    Always expect the worst, that way you are never disappointed. :)
     
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    I'd be careful what I wished for :RR:
    Theres be some crazy ass folks out dir....
     
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    I look even more like a non tatoo'ed white version of this dood as 2 days agfo i shaved the mohawk and the beard off and now i look like a cueball