Peeps and Blue Velvet

IMG_1469We had a lot of rain this weekend, so I went out today (Tuesday) and saw this beautiful “blue velvet spread”, a crust fungus. Scientific name is Terana caerulea. It was on a fallen branch (either oak or hickory) and I brought a section home. If it lasts, I’ll take it to the Fungi Fest in Asheville, NC Sept 2 to share with my friends. It is a beautiful creation of nature – especially under a stereomicroscope.

IMG_1470When I found the blue velvet I was almost to the top of a steep slope where I had found a L. sulphureus Chicken of the Woods, probably 5 years ago, but it has never shown up again – at least on that.log. Today it appeared, and I swear it looks just like the marshmallow “peeps” that I got at Easter when I was a kid. The cool thing is that when the fungus is this young it not only looks like a peep, it squishes like one. I’ll be back in two days to see how fast it’s growing. (2nd picture is underside of the log)., Hey, it’s a big ridge to climb just to satisfy IMG_1472curiosity, and also, now you know, I never leave a morel behind, but I can leave a peep.

Saw lots of variety today, including uncommon boletes.

Lobster 2017

Lob2Just a short blurb to let my friends – you – know we found 8 lobsters while hiking Big Ridge yesterday. Adam found them while I stopped to rest (getting old) about where Big Valley and Ghost House trails split. I checked out Mega Patch (look in August archives) on the way home, but didn’t see any sign. Aug 15 is fast approaching. Had two inches of rain, more or less, last week and it got cool.

You know, change in moisture and temperature is good for Lob1sexual reproduction – of mushrooms! Start checking your patches. One year, bumper crops of Lobsters occurred here (Tenn), NC and north Georgia within two days of each other.

On the down side, it looks like chanterelle season is over in the Great Valley. I’ll start checking higher elevations though, because the is always Hope, Patience and Humility to keep us going.

Asheville Mushroom Club foray tomorrow.