Fungi Fest & Honey Mushrooms

IMG_1618The Asheville Mushroom Club put on an absolutely wonderful Fungi Fest at Warren Wilson College outside of Asheville on Saturday. With mushroom walks and talks; vendors, growers; artists; teachers, beautiful and creative displays of many species that members brought in for display – it was pretty much a festival at a museum! Way to go AMC !! The picture to the left is a paper mache Chicken of the Woods erected in the center of the main hall.

IMG_1622Aside from the “continuing education” and like-minded social contact, as a forager I got an idea of what people are currently finding. Several species of Honey Mushroom species, including Armillaria mellea, showed up on the tables. That, plus the rain I drove through coming and going, signaled, “get out in the woods as soon as you get home”. Ellen and I were out today – Labor day – and scarfed honey mushrooms in the same exact place I did last year (an important piece of info).

IMG_1621Well, if Honeys were showing in the same place, although three weeks later, maybe the Chicken of the Woods and Cauliflowers that we found the same day might be up. BINGO! Here are two (multi-lobed) that weighed in at 4 1/2 lbs. Same trees! The chicken tree looked bare, but there was a very slight “bud” showing in one spot near the ground line. Another week you think?? I love it when one mushroom leads to another because they like the same conditions, I guess.

If you are a follower of this blog and live in this area, the Cumberland Mycological Society has a foray scheduled Saturday, September 23, at the Bandy Creek Campground up in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area. It’s worth driving up if you want to learn what’s up and how to identify them. Check out the CMS on-line.

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.