Month: September 2015

Central Oregon Mushroom Club Meeting Sept. 30!


buddyatSparksBUDDY MAYS!

The speaker for our September Central Oregon Mushroom Club meeting will be Buddy Mays.  He will present a power point on how to photograph mushrooms, Weds. evening Sept. 30, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas (downtown Bend.) We are so fortunate to have a photographer of his caliber in our club. To read about Buddy’s amazing career as an author and photographer, check out his website linked here:  Buddy Mays. (Between 1980 and 2000, he was the recipient of dozens of national and international photography awards. In 2008, he was selected as one of the world’s top wildlife photographers by Digital Photographer Magazine.) Photographing mushrooms is a unique challenge because of the difficult lighting where mushrooms grow and the detail you need to really capture their characteristics.  If you have ever tried to get a good photo for identification purposes in the mushroom’s environment, you know the challenges this creates!
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM with the first 30-40 minutes set aside for mushroom identification around the tables. This means we want you to bring what you have found in your adventures in the woods (or property) to share with others. I will lead the discussion on identification.  Buddy’s presentation will begin directly after this and will last about an hour. When Buddy is through, we will all share our recent adventures in mushroom hunting.
Club Members Only:
After the sharing time, COMC club members will talk about the next field trip.
We are looking for club members who are willing to lead a field trip. You don’t have to know all the mushrooms, just be willing to organize a day trip to the woods. We can help you decide on a spot to go. It’s amazing how many more types of fungi you find in a group!  It’s so interesting and fun with others who enjoy fungi! Please let me know if you are willing to volunteer for this.
Don’t miss Buddy’s presentation on Sept. 30!


Giant Lentinus!

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This Neolentinus ponderosus (a.k.a. Lentinus ponderosus) was brought to my house by Phil H. who found it at Cultus Lake. It’s huge and old, but as is very typical the Lentinus genus with its sawtoothed gill edges (like they are cut with pinking shears) and very tough texture.  I pounded on the cap and it didn’t break.  Yes they are edible but very very tough and chewy unless you find a perfect young specimen and slice it extremely thin.  They say it is fairly good grilled this way. Phil with Lentinus ponderosus IMG_0941

First Chanterelles of the season

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We worked hard to find just enough Chanterelles for a couple meals.  The woods were wet, but not deeply, from the recent rain.  Under the big trees, the soil was still totally dry.  We thought we would wait a little to give the  mushrooms time to get big in the moisture, but our usual patch had been picked before we arrived:( Time to scout elsewhere. These were found on the west side of the pass about 3900 ft. in wet boggy areas.

In a new spot, we found a young Sparassis!  At first it appeared too wormy at the base, but they never made it past the basal part so we had enough to make a great egg breakfast!   Chanterelles and shallots in chicken/wine stock over spinach ravioli is a most divine dinner!!IMG_1761