At Big Meadow Horse Camp. Photo by Buddy Mays. L to R: West, Penny, Dave, Susanne, Michael, Linda, Bob, Julie, Paul, and Buddy (inserted)
Today 10 of us drove over Santiam pass on a glorious day for a hunt in a previously productive spot (last fall.) It had recently rained in the area, wet spots on the dirt road, but not enough nor soon enough to bring on the mushrooms. After a couple hours of hunting in a beautiful forest, one person found one Chanterelle, one found one Matsutake, one found a shrimp Russula (Russula xerampelina,) another, a couple of Admirable boletes (Aureoboletus mirabilis) and several of us found Honey mushrooms (Armillaria mellea.) It was disappointing finding so few edibles. We did find some interesting items, like the almond-smelling waxy caps, Hygrophorus bakerensis and a very long-stemmed (at least 8 inches) Stropharia semiglobata (Dung Dong, as Arora calls it) growing out of a pile of horse manure.
Several “Mock Matsies” Catathelasma imperialis (Big Cats)
One Hawk’s Wing (Sarcodon imbricatum)
Tricholoma focale (zelleri) – looks like a reddish Matsutake
Russula sp. attacked by a white mold, making it appear like a veil over the cap and gills (and other Russula)
Pine spikes (Chroogomphus tomentosus)
Dyer’s Polypore (Phaeolus schwentzii) – in all stages
Gomphidius subroseus (minature)
Suillus tomentosus (old)
Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (beautiful and many) – sometimes can be confused with Chanterelles
Assorted small Cortinarius
We enjoyed the comradery on this colorful fall day with bear and cougar and coyote stories during lunch. Thanks to all who attended!
We need more rain!!