Discussion in 'HUNTING & IDENTIFICATION' started by Pistilwhipped, Mar 21, 2014.
good stuff man! im digging all the diversity and cool specimens youre finding.
Long hike today.
Couple of little 'eggs' popping up from the roots of a Sitka spruce
Found a bunch of these, whatever they are they must be tasty. Not one of them was 100% intact.
Couple patches of these. Totally slimy on top.
Not pictured some false chanterelles, a wild and wooly brown cap about half the size of a dinner plate, the first P. cyanescens of the year, and a guy I used to live next to 10 years ago in a different town who now lives a couple houses over from me in this town. Totally weird coincidence, I was probably five miles into the woods and the only access is by foot.
Favorite pic of the day
Curious to know what this one is. I'll try to identify it using the guide I found this morning.
Here's the bottom, it's in the "Oregon Coast Wild Mushrooms" gallery, that one is better resolution
I think these are sulfur tufts
I think these are inky's
I have no idea what these are. There's remnants of the veil attached to the margin of the cap. Looks like a tutu.
A new one. It's a bad exposure but it really is just white, top and bottom, all fresh growth, fleshy.
Here's the bottom. You can see it's thick and meaty.
It was raining really hard and there was water on the lens but I believe this is what's left of a Chicken of the Woods
A nice Bolete
This one 'bled' when I touched it
You can see it starting there on the edge
Then I grabbed the stem and set it on some ivy.
My camera doesn't do the color justice.
A chunky little chanterelle pin
And a nice little surprise. I brought some myc from the local cyanescens inside last year and put it to alder sawdust and chips in an entirely unsterile way. I let it overwinter inside with just a lid on a Rubbermaid tub and put it out this spring with more chips and a layer of straw. When I remembered I threw water on it through the summer. On my way home from the hike today I randomly walked by the pile and saw these guys.
And a frog.
New fun stuff today, I went inland about six miles, staying down in the valleys of the coastal range. Couldn't stay out long because I had the granddaughter with me. Going back out and hitting the ridges.
There's nothing for scale except for some fir cones on the ground but this bolete was easily 5 inches in diameter
Buggy when they get this big
This tree here, filled with what I believe are oysters of some sort, caught my eye
but when I got there they were too high to get to....
... Led me to this old rotten tree...
...And when I got up close...
I was totally jazzed. These are all up and down about twenty feet of this tree. I intend to keep checking back until they're done growing and I'll pack out my collapsing ladder and harvest them. In the meantime I brought home two beautiful samples, including the one pictured above.
My spirits high from the last find and my granddaughter's patience running thin we headed back to the trailhead where we found this
Which led me to this
It was a good day so far.
Back to it then.
Not nearly as much diversity this time. I went up into the 'managed' forest. If you ever want proof that mono-culture is a bad idea, take a walk through a natural forest and then a mono-culture forest. The mono-culture forest will have so much more debris on top of the forest floor while the natural forest consumes everything that drops.
These guys are interesting. When I pulled one off the log it stained my fingers
I've been hoping to find Fomitopsis Officinalis and without a visual reference I thought this was it. It was so far away I couldn't even see any detail until I downloaded the picture. It wasn't Offincinalis, oh well.
I love seeing these pics. Keep 'em coming...
Rainstorm and 60 mph winds... what better place than old growth forest to be It was a little scary. Not smart to be in the woods with high winds, even less so on the first wind storm of the year. I needed a psychological cleansing though. Had to do a dump run this morning and it was FOUL. My daughter has been putting diapers in the trashcan and leaving the lids loose. Three weeks of rain made a truly horrible diaper stew. I'll not be any more descriptive than that but....it went in my shoe... I need new shoes.
So, like I said, old growth forest. We have little patches of it here and there that aren't too far away. Tillamook forest burned in several stages starting in 1933 and ending in 1951. The fires took most of it but left some untouched, that's where I went today.
Found a bunch of Ganoderma
This one sitting at the top of a huge rotten stump on a lonely splinter of wood. I had to climb up on the rotting corpse of this tree and I really thought I might end up inside it. It was so rotten my feet kept slipping through the surface and into a void.
Then there is this Hoof Fungus of some sort. Haven't looked at the ID charts yet
For a size reference, there was one that had fallen from higher up that was equally large. For comparison, my big-ass size 13 shoe (sans human excrement at this point).
Thought I'd found Trametes Versicolor
Pulled it up and it's definitely not that, it's growing off a stalk (seen here)
Then I found this beauty I haven't yet done a search on, but the color is gorgeous in person
The gills are the deepest of deep purple and tightly packed in there. The cap is somewhat hairy, stipe is firm and not hollow.
Not pictured: my dinner. Lots of chanterelles and oysters, but you've seen enough of those.
I forgot my cauliflower.
Todays hike wasn't very productive as far as new species to look at. They are all phone pics too, so not much to look at anyway. I'll post them anyway just for reference sake. The oyster season is closing out. I'd been chasing flushes around the forest for a while, keeping track of a bunch of trees. I was at the last leg of the search, coming up on 3 hours without having seen any and was already calling it 'over' when I found what may be the last of the fall season. Three trees still popping pins out and plenty of mature fruits that hadn't succumbed to mold or bugs.
Located a couple jellies. Got a brainy looking one and an anemone imposter.
Droopy Dog? Sorry , too tired to rotate the photo properly.
Got something for everybody here, it takes a village to eat a stump.
Coral..seems upside down
Growing on a totally decomposed log
This stuff is really tender and pliable
And the active are popping up nicely. Still all Cyanescens.
Amanita M has to be one of the most photogenic mushrooms around here. Strikingly dramatic. A freaking fungi peacock.
These guys are at their prettiest at this time of year
Not sure what I'm looking at here. It's big, that tree trunk of a stipe is an inch wide or more.
I don't recognize these either. They're tiny. Each cap probably 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
Here are a couple of azures trying to hide in the brambles. The Cy's are starting to thicken up and the azures are just popping the first lonely soldiers up. It got nice and cool last night, low forties. Should trigger the first big flush.
Awesome man! I wish I have that kind of variety down here!
Pictures. Short walk through some local forest today. I really want to go visit Suislaw National Forest. It's not too far south. Established in 1908 (I think...real close if not), I guess that qualifies as old growth eh?
A gilled mushroom and the stipe is a gorgeous lilac, my phone didn't do it justice. Looks better when you enlarge it in the gallery.
Another lovely Amanita. I'll stop posting them now but I'll take pictures of them till they're finished.
Thought it was a bolete, flipped it over and it was gilled
Would like to ID this one. It's big and smells great.
I think these next three are a Russula of some sort. Quite a few of these about right now. *upside down*
Birds nests that haven't yet 'hatched'
And finally, does anyone know about lobster mushrooms? The mushrooms pictured here were boletes. I saw them 'moulding' away, or so I thought, at first the coating was white, like this one .
Now they are turning pumpkin orange.
After some reading, a lobster is usually a parasitized Russula, Lactifluus or Lactarius, not Boletes (at least not mentioned in the reading I found). I think I may transfer some of the orange to a couple of close-by Russulas, if indeed that is what they are. See if anything happens.
EDIT: Went back to do transfers and the whole bunch of them were nothing but slime puddles.
Went inland a couple hundred miles and up about 4100 ft. to find these:
Phaeolus schweinitzii or Dyers Polypore. Makes a great dye for yarn/cotton.
Scaly Vase Chanterelle (This one not much of a vase, but the others were. Pics unfortunately out of focus)
Gymnopilus Ventricosus. For a while I thought I had a good find for you Lovely's out there who are interested in actives, but a little googling brought me to a post on another site from SomeGuy clearing that question up, Not Active. A nice find all the same. These are X-Lg and very dense fruits. A quarter is placed on the cap for scale.
Here are some pretty little polypores and one dinner plate sized polypore. Penny for scale.
These guys are look-a-likes for cyans and sometimes grow right beside them. Be careful people.
There are still more pics I'll upload later, included are suspected Agaricus Blazeii and others.
Another nice day in the woods. Found some fun stuff. Artist conk (ganoderma applanatum), Shaggy Manes (coprinus comatus), Honey Mushrooms(Armillaria mellea), Oysters, Bleeding Milk Cap (Lactarius rubrilacteus), Orange Bonnet (Mycena acicula), Cortinarius violaceous and more. Lots are pictured, many are not. I ran out of battery for my real camera almost right off the bat, then the iPhone filled to the brim and I had to start tossing pictures, eventually the phone battery gave out too so it's a mixed bag today. Plus it was windy and quite cold so this was happening with startling regularity. Kept me on my toes. I ran more than once to get out from under a dangerous tree when the wind gusted up.
First up is an unknown. I don't know how to fit this stipe on the key. It's scaly(ish). Powdery might be a better description but isn't an option. I gave a half-assed attempt to ID it and gave up. If you know what it is I'd love to know.
This guy is big and heavy. I brought it home in hopes it's something good. Cap is four inches in diameter, stem is 1.5 inches. Flesh is firm . Veil is intact so I haven't seen the gills yet. [EDIT] I tore the veil and they are white, tightly packed and they go down the stem a short bit. It was under enormous old doug firs. The second pic of it is resting on my knee I wanted you to see something (even something vague) for scale.
More Artists Conks. You can't tell from the pic (left) but this conk is big. I climbed up to it and it's at least 12" x 18" of pristine white canvas for the right artist. There are several more on this tree but this is the largest. Getting it down without touching the surface will be tough. In the picture above you can see where my hand lightly touched the pores and marked it. I brought a bunch of these home.
Here are a couple of Siamese twins. I don't know what kind of mushroom this is.
Cortanarius violaceous (again), these guys were everywhere today.
The mushroom on the left looks like a Russula but I am convinced that it is not. All of the Russula's I've found are light and brittle. This mushroom grew from the roots of a large maple, it is large, dense, heavy and it forced up packed dirt to surface. The cap is 4.5 inches in diameter, saddle shaped and firm, the stem solid and about 1 inch. Those are some shaggy manes on the bottom and the big mushroom from above on the right.
I got a bunch of chanterelles, some oysters for cloning (they were huge and prolific, not to mention the last of the season).
Now I have a ton of work to do. Clone the artists conk, turkey tail, oyster, shaggy mane and spawn some stuff to bulk. After a shower to wash the woods off.
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