2014 was mostly a miserable year for mushrooming as a result of the continuing drought. However, in the Fall we finally got some moisture, resulting in some interesting finds.
This year we did NOT see any Cantharellus cascadensis.
But I included many pictures for two reasons: one, because we wdid not make many other trips this year, and two, because I wanted to try my new, much more versatile and higher resolution camera, a Nikon L830.
Findings, October - December, 2014 (top)
Monday and Tuesday, October 27 and 28, 2014: On Monday, Cecelia and I looked around in the forest locally at 3200 ft. looking for some Fall Boletes or white Chanterelles. We saw nothing at all at that spot.
However, up at 4400 ft. we were able to find and pick about 2 pounds of white Chanterelles (a bit soggy after the recent light rains) and a bunch of nice Oyster mushrooms.
We had been told that the area was recently visited by several mushroom hunters, but we saw no signs of them having been there.
We also spotted a few Gomphus floccosus (or bonarii), a few small and colorful Lepiota, and two species of Suillus, one species slimy and the other dry, possibly S. brevipes and B. fuscotomentosus (poor man's slippery jack)
And as always, several Russula brevipes.
November 7, 2014: Not many reports lately, but the recent rains have showed some promise. I recently had met the retired science teacher from Greenville, who had contacted me for help in mushroom identification. I had convinced him to get a copy of Demystified. More recently, shortly after the book arrived, we made arrangement for a few trips into the forest.
I was delighted to be able to practice my ID skill with a newbie, especially one who knew much more botany than I. The first two trips were locally at 3600 ft. and 4500 ft., and the second two were at 4000 ft. and 6000 ft..
On the of first two trips, we saw mostly tiny mushrooms, so I had him drive me up to a little higher spot, hoping to find white chanterelles and/or queen boletes. That day, we saw some Strobilurea, Mycena, Collybia, tree ears (a first for me at that area), Gomphidius glutinosus, Chroogomphus vinicolor, Suillus, white chanterelles, and oyster mushrooms, among others, but no queen boletes.
On the next two trips, we were even more surprised by the diversion. We found Lactarius deliciosus, L, rubrilacteus, a much larger Suillus, Gomphidius roseus, Phaeolus schweinitzii, Armillaria albolanaripes, and unidentified species of the honey mushroom, and even picked a few Boletus edulis. This were a very pleasant surprise because the area had previously been well-picked by the time we got there.
I found the first edulis while talking about finding them under a particular bush, and lo and behold!
Below are thumbnails from the first visits, and below that are thumbnails from the second visits.
December 9, 2014: After a few days of no-rain, Cecelia took Travis and I to a couple of areas between 3600 ft. and 2500 ft.
Travis is my new friend and who is a retired local science teacher interested in learning about our local wild mushrooms.
We saw lots of various species of mushrooms popping up everywhere. Such a delight after so many years of drought.
Some of the mushrooms we saw were even a first for me.
Our first stop was close to town,
where we saw several Hygrocybe as
well as what David Arora refers to
Any clues to the correct IDs would be much appreciated.
It was so great to be close to the ground again!
I think, because of the storm predictions, that it may be some time before we can go out again, but it looks like it will be a very productive spring next year.
Featured Mushroom, the Dead Man's Fist (Scleroderma polyrhizum)((top)
This mushroom is rarely found by us, is not very attractive, but it is interesting mainly because of its common name, as is the Dead Man's Foot
More info and pictures at http://www.mushroomexpert.com/scleroderma_polyrhizum.html