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#1 ElPirana

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 09:19 AM

For the past couple years I've started really enjoying finding various mushrooms around where I live.  I keep taking pictures of them, but it's about time to start learning what they are!  It would be cool to find some edibles along the way, but I'm hesitant to try any without being sure.  Also, I think I'm in a deadzone for actives, so I'm really not expecting to find any psilocybin/psilocin containing mushrooms.

 

I would love to have input along the way if anyone has comments or suggestions.  Gonna try getting better at getting pictures too, the pics in the first post on taken on my phone but I have a DSLR that I want to start taking out on my hikes.

 

So here we go, this is the first one I found last week on 5/6.  These were found on some old dead tree limbs, not sure what types.  The caps are on average 3cm across, but they look young so maybe these will get larger.  As I was looking in the field guide, I think these may be Spring Polypore, Polyporus arcularius.  I don't think I saw fine hairs on the margin of the cap like I've seen in descriptions, but I may need to go back an look at these again, they're only a 10 minute walk from home anyway.

 

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I went back three days later and took a few more pics (5/9):

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:16 PM

I went back out today with my kids.  First, just wanted to take another look at the same batch of mushrooms from my first post above.  I believe these are dead elm tree branches, I see many elm trees around these spots.

 

The largest is around 7.5cm across.  They feel smooth.

 

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On my way to the destination, I spotted a few clusters of some new mushrooms I haven't seen around here yet, these were so cool.  The caps had patches on them, the largest was about 4cm in diameter.  They are growing on an unknown dead tree.  I tried to get a good picture of the gills but my camera was acting up lol.

 

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There were a few of these also growing on dead tree limbs.  As I lifted one to take a look at the gills, I found a slug hiding underneath!

 

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Then another single polypore.  This one felt a bit more dry and the cap was almost 12cm across.

 

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 01:13 AM

What a joy ElPirana,

 

So cool you took your kids out! Mushroom knowledge is great and its good that the mushrooms happily showed themselves to yall


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Posted 18 May 2020 - 03:05 PM

Great stuff :)


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#5 Arathu

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 06:08 AM

A great exercise with the kids, and for yourself too, is to learn your local poisonous species together first. You can photograph them and read/study about them together.

 

IME knowledge and skill makes foraging, and eating, much more enjoyable.

 

As always we MUST have 100% positive ID BEFORE consuming anything....

 

Nice pictures and a great family activity although my family thinks that my fungal passion/obsession is an illness........they at least humor me.....

 

Good hunting to you and yours.....I don't think we'll ever run out of species to identify....

 

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 05:37 PM

Picture of the month material in here :)


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:35 PM

Nice man, idk the Latin names but looks like those poly pores could be a pheasant back/ dryads saddle ?

I hope to be in the woods Tuesday

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 02:32 AM

The polypores look like Pheasant Back (Cerioporus squamosus AKA Polyporus squamosus AKA long list of synonyms) to me too.
ElPirana - your first stab at I'ding them, Spring Polypore (Polyporus arcularius AKA another long list of synonyms), would seem to be ruled out based on stem attachment position as well as lack of hairy cap margin. For Spring Polypore it's described as central to slight off centre, compared with Pheasant Back which is described as offset. I can see the similarities though.

FYI - Mushroom Expert, and First Nature's fungi section are great resources if you've not come across them before:-

https://www.mushroom...arcularius.html
https://www.mushroom..._squamosus.html

https://www.first-nature.com/fungi/

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#9 ElPirana

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:09 PM

A couple days ago I had about 30 minutes to look through the woods nearby the walking trail where I found the polypores in the first post above.  I went off the trail, within a few feet I couldn't even be seen by passersby. 

 

As I moved through the thick brush, I almost thought that I wouldn't find anything, but then I found a wet, very deteriorated log full of these fungi!  These were extremely cool looking, although I had a tough time trying to get good pictures.  Looking up in my field guide, it must be some type of cup fungus, maybe a tree-ear mushroom?

 

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Then I found these next two as I was about to head home.  First one maybe some type of jelly fungi?  And the last one I'm really not sure, it looks like it's still early in development, maybe if I can find it again I can see it progress.

 

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I'm starting to realize that I need to get much better at identifying trees also.

 

I LOVE seeing the variety of fungi.  I don't even care what I find, even finding the most common mushroom growing in the grass is exciting...and finding some of these others are truly amazing. 


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:29 PM

Those definitely look like the jelly ear
Or wood ear mushrooms
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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:53 PM

Those definitely look like the jelly ear
Or wood ear mushrooms

These are supposedly edible. Does anyone actually eat them though?

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 06:46 PM

The second to last almost looks like the beginning of a cauliflower mushroom. Hard to tell tho,keep an eye on its development. Supposed choice edible just hard to clean


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 07:53 PM

It needs to rain here, for few days in fact.......

 

I have never eaten anything that looked like these but they are cool looking shrooms.......

 

Is that a herd of centipedes there too? 

 

Watch those little buggers......

 


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 08:15 PM

It needs to rain here, for few days in fact.......
 
I have never eaten anything that looked like these but they are cool looking shrooms.......
 
Is that a herd of centipedes there too? 
 
Watch those little buggers......
 
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Yeah, that’s a herd of centipedes... or as my son would probably call them, a flock of centipedes! LOL
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Posted 16 June 2020 - 08:16 PM

The second to last almost looks like the beginning of a cauliflower mushroom. Hard to tell tho,keep an eye on its development. Supposed choice edible just hard to clean
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That would be cool. I’m pretty sure I can make it back to the same spot.

Edit: I don’t think it’s cauliflower mushroom, I’m in the central US and looking like those grow near the East or West coasts. Seasonally it may be off too. I am curious what it is.

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 10:39 AM

I went back out on a walk yesterday on the search for more fungi.  

The trail that leads to the real trail.
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I started out looking for those tree-ear mushrooms that I found last week.  There were still a bunch of these on the same decomposing tree.
Tree-Ear (Auricularia auricula)
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Then I went off looking in some new areas.  I had a lot more time to look around and it had just rained a little the day prior, so I was hoping to find something interesting.

Maybe some new type of cup fungi, very different from the one above.
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A shelf mushroom just starting out:
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Not sure what this is, but I got a good shot of the gills:
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Another random fungi:
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And an eight legged friend:
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Then there are these extremely small mushrooms.  I believe these are a type of Marasmius.
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I made it back to the original spot in my first post above, found a couple more polypores:
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A skink, lucky to get a pic!
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A daylily that's common around here:
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I found these beautiful coral mushroom.  Is this a crown-tipped coral?
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Posted 22 June 2020 - 04:54 AM

Very nice, if people would just slow down and look they would see that there is usually quite the spectrum of fungal life all around us. Perhaps get yourself a copy of the Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms.....I have one in my backpack, in a zip-lock baggie in case it rains.......always......

 

Second mushroom up from the bottom is Dryad's Saddle.......and the last is definitely a coral mushroom but I'd have to look up the exact one.......

 

Perhaps get the kids going on learning to ID them too....it is a handy skill to have for sure.....and being out in nature sure beats watching TV or endlessly blathering on the phones/computers.....

 

Awesome man!

 

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#18 ElPirana

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 12:07 PM

We had some rain very early morning yesterday, so when I went for a walk later I found a few mushrooms in the grass.

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 04:55 PM

Other than the first post, I seem to have missed this until now.....

You are sharing some really good photographs here ElPirana . Thank you.

I would like to walk that road as soon as I saw this !

 

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 06:54 PM

Other than the first post, I seem to have missed this until now.....

You are sharing some really good photographs here ElPirana . Thank you.

I would like to walk that road as soon as I saw this !

 

Thanks Skywatcher!

 

A couple years ago, about a half mile from where I live now, I came across these mushrooms.  I have no idea what they are, they are not in my field guide.  From a distance I thought I saw morels, but when I got closer I saw they definitely were not.  The stem is a sponge, so weird!

 

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