Eclipse Week

What a week!! I have no photos of the eclipse, but my neighbor got a magazine cover shot of the “Diamond ring”. During totality, I was twirling around amazed at the 360 degree sunset from the promontory where we set up.

I thought I would share some other photos from the week instead. no particular order.

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Innonotus dryadeus. This red oak is over 4 feet in diameter. There are a total of 6 fruiting bodies and the one on your right (the shelf form) is 20 inches wide. If they last until Friday, at least one will be at Fungi Fest.

 

 

IMG_1601If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I like to record turtles eating mushrooms.

 

 

 

IMG_1515The upside down one is the male. That’s how they create more.

 

 

 

Mycena caerulae 2A little blue  Mycena subcaeruleaMycena caerulae 1

 

 

 

 

IMG_1512Hunting trumpets. The reason my hands are all scratched up in the preceding picture. Got a bunch however.

 

 

 

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.