Discussion in 'HUNTING & IDENTIFICATION' started by Pistilwhipped, Mar 21, 2014.
am i asleep? no. i had to pinch myself. aweseom thread. thanks for shareing
With no reference for size it's difficult to tell that these are only about 1 to 1.5 cm wide at this point. I've been waiting for these guys to show up. Last year I found one but I had neither the skills or equipment/supplies to properly handle it and some of the posts I'd read said it was 'less pleasant' tasting than a regular oyster. Since then I've read others praising its qualities. It's both edible and considered 'uncommon' by Rogers Mushrooms so it would be a nice one to have in my collection, I'll give them a few days and clone a couple. When they're ready, sporeprint.
Another pic of some suspected Turkey Tail
...and the cyanescens and azurenscens have made another appearance, I've already posted this pic on another thread but it was one of the better pictures of the day so why not repost it..
All in all the season seems to be winding down. It's pretty cold for this time a year.
Got a few more pics. It's time for a new camera, my old one has been taking weak, washed out photos for a while and then yesterday I dropped it and it tumbled through a bunch of wet leaf litter. Most of my pics are turning out poorly but I'll share what is at least identifiable.
Hedge Hogs and a nice chunk of finger, sorry it was the only one in focus.
Olive Oysterlings (Panellus Seritonus)
Anyway, that was my day.
damn, other than (suspected) turkey tail (t. versicolor) these are all these mushrooms I had never heard of, even the olive oysterlings is new to me.
what else did you find yesterday? you mentioned smth else in shoutbox new to me.
Sounds like we read the same things on Olive Oysters, Pistil. I found some a month or so ago and decided against them also and later read and decided I wanted to try them. They were on a beech that I'll be able to find again next year!
Yep, those are the suspects alright. I got prints and cloned a few of the nicer fruits. They're yours for the asking, but you'll have to wait for the clone until it's ready. Shit, we've even got the same orange crust on our trees!
They seem like they would have a much better shelf life than P.o. also. I bet if you sauteed the hell out of them they'd have to be pretty good!
those things really are gorgeous
definitely need a good frying in olive oil, deglazed in sherry and a bit o butter to finish
Yeah they spent a while in the pan and then in my belly. I'm eating more mushrooms than ever in my life, lol. Just brought back about two or three pounds of the olive oysters today. I found another hen but it was too far gone. If I can remember I'll check there next season.
Let's start with a Public Service Announcement
As you forage along the forest floor, remember to look up once in a while.
That detached branch there is more than twenty feet up, probably 6 inch in diameter, 10 -12 feet long. I didn't even know it was there until I was directly under it. Wind whipping around... shit I'm lucky.
Got a few pics to share today. Starting with a shocker to me, December oysters. There are tons. All of these are on different trees than I found them in before so I think I may have a cooler weather strain here.
Some kind of Lactarius. I didn't try very hard to ID it, been a long day. You can see the latex on the gills.
A pretty little Russula
Phlebia tremellosa and Panellus Serotinus side by side
This is an unknown bracket with what appear to be a case of the termites. Went with the big format so you could see the details.
My second favorite find today, photo sucks, possibly Ascocoryne sarcoides
And --- by far my favorite find of the day. This perfectly enormous Sitka Spruce. 15+ ft in diameter, arms akimbo, standing on a twenty foot high mound of what looks like the tree that was there before this monster! Any one of those arms would be a fair sized tree by itself. I'm not exaggerating when I say my heart skipped several beats when it came into view. I've lived here for nearly forty years and it's within a mile of my home. I can't wait to come back in the summer to exploit the goodness I know will be growing here. The picture starts about the same height as that suspended branch. In fact it came from this tree.
Nice trip out! Yeah, that branch looks a little menacing.
Got in what turned out to be more of a hike yesterday than a foraging trip. The winter is truly on here and the lack of diversity out there is growing. My goal was to locate a wild enoki, but that was a bust. I started near the house around eight a.m., worked that area for a couple hours, then moved to a set of woods that extends from Tillamook to Portland some 60 miles away and explored there until dark. In total I'd guess I only covered six or eight miles but it's rough terrain, steep hills, deep valleys, loose flooring, creeks/rivers and massive fallen trees, many of which are still dangerous, having just fallen or tilted over and are suspended only by rotting logs and/or thin tree limbs, so I choose my path carefully.
In the morning I located some azures at the first site, I'll only post a couple pics since they're already posted on another thread.
Found an unlikely Oregonense. I've not seen one of these alive (and this one is barely) since the first good freeze in October.
Other than the sulfur tufts, which own the forest year round, these seem to be one of the few who thrive in the cold weather and grow in patches, faerie rings and right up and down a living or dead tree. I wish I had a name to put to them but I haven't yet done the research. When I do I'll come back with an edit.
I've posted pics of these guys before, but I like them. The bigger of the two was supposed to be my favorite pic of the day. I left my camera and all my gear a couple miles away in the woods so I would cover space instead of take pictures (self control issues). By the time I retrieved the camera and returned (just for the pic) the light faded, completely washing out the color of the cap... then I tried to move a stick out of the way of the photo and bumped it, knocking the delicate hanging veil off. You can see the devastation in the leaf litter and stuck to the lower stem. Bummer.
I thought this an interesting scene of contrasts. Light was fading and the flash killed some of the detail of the crust fungus but it really was as white as pictured.
This one (no ID yet, looks like a bolete but it was gilled) was right next to a great patch of hedgehogs I picked the day prior, I accidentally formatted the memory card and those pics are gone forever, but the mushrooms are safe in my kitchen. Of all the mushrooms I've eaten, so far hedgehogs are my favorite.
Here's another I took just because it 'looked cool' to me. This was on a large douglas fir that was on it's side from a storm years ago.
Also on the mistakenly formatted card were pics of several more Catathelasma imperiale, the massive caps from 'up-thread' a couple weeks. The old ones from those pics are now large puddles of goo. I stepped in one and, let me tell you, Nasty. Some of it stuck in my boot and transferred to a log I first walked over and then sat on. It was a viscous stinking goo slimed into the butt of my Carrharts in a land of no sanitary wipes.
And finally, this bit of Thom Foolery: It was time for a little rehydration and an 'altitude adjustment'. As I was rolling up my flight ticket I saw this artists conk on the freshly fallen tree I was lounging upon. The joint burnt down a bit, I got a nice buzz and doodled on the conk. Joint burns further and I find myself decorating this thing like I'm a beauty school drop-out. Fifteen minutes later it is a testament to my goofiness and the joint is gone.
If you look closely, there is a tiny little conk with the same picture drawn on it. I collected everything in the photo within five feet of where I sat. It is unlikely that anyone will ever see it, I was in the deepest darkest forest, but I left it like that all the same, hoping someone will. Maybe I'll track back there in the spring and see if it's still there.
...and then I crammed these all into one post. This'll be two days of hiking through local woods. We had a week straight of heavy rains (it flooded) and then daily showers for another week. Temps have been in the 50's during the day, low 40's at night. I don't have a ton of commentary as I'm pretty spent from the holidays and whatnot. So here we go:
Cyanescens look-alikes. These sneaky fuggers grow right next to Cyans and Azures and when small are nearly indistinguishable.
Another look-alike in the early stages
I'd love an ID on this one if anyone knows. It's a lovely shade of pink and has a velvety soft, hairy top and veined underside, I don't think they're true gills
These guys are about an inch and a half diameter caps. Smelled nice but I don't know what they are.
A slimy slime-mold. (left) And some fruiting lichen? (right)
This thing just gets cooler and cooler so I keep taking it's picture
These guys and their slimy parachute pants
I like this photo. Wish it had been a real camera instead of my phone. Lactarius.
Here's another I thought was enoki until I got it home.
This one was slimy too. The pellicle extended right down the stem. Slippery.
Nipply LBM's (Left) These guys grow in faerie rings. (Right)
Unknown grey mushroom, hollow stem, growing in pine litter
These two are developing on the side of an alder that's dead or dying. Not a lot of aroma. I cracked one open with my knife, it was pretty tough and stained yellow/brown.
A pretty little patch of cyans and a few pics of azures too. The Cyans blended into the scenery so well I stepped on several before I knew they were there. The last one is of a cap I brought in to print and didn't. It's been drying for a while. Nice and blue.
I wish the camera could capture the grandeur of this shot. It was raining and the sun came out around 3:30 pm. Made everything luminous. I'm so lucky to live here.
This may be young turkey tail, it's next to the pink feathery thing
Why wait till next year? Spores activate!
And I'll throw this one in too. It's not wild but it is outdoor so I guess it counts. Harvested nameko (hacendado)
Happy whatever you celebrate! It's been a helluva good year.
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