Month: October 2015

Buddy’s slim pickins’ on Santiam pass, Oct. 27


From Buddy:

“This is a full day’s labors…not much really: two matsutakis and a handfull of very large, very wet chanterelles. However, the chanterelles are starting to push up in all the traditional places, off Hwy 22.”

From Linda:  Looks like yo also have a cluster of Connopus acervatus (a.k.a Collybia acervatus or Gymnopus acervatus) in the bottom left corner of the photo. I sure hate it when they keep changing the name!  The cluster of white-stemmed mushrooms to the lower right might be Lyophyllum, maybe descates group (Fried Chicken mushroom.)


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Central Oregon Mushroom Club Meeting TOMORROW, Oct. 28!

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Our late October meeting will be held at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas, downtown Bend, at 6:30.  The first half hour will be mushroom id. time, so bring your mushrooms!   You can have them back at the end. It would be great to have a Matsutake or two to show those who have never found them.

TaylorLockwoodDVCWe will be showing “The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly,” presented by Taylor Lockwood, an amazing photographer.  We will follow the showing with a mushroom adventure discussion (mushroom show reviews, hunting stories, etc.) Please join us!

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Buddy’s impression of the Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Show, Eugene, OR, Oct. 25, 2015

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Pictures from Buddy:

The fair was fun and interesting except for the pouring rain which didn’t seem to put a damper on the thousands and thousands of people who came. Boy, there must be a lot of mushroomers in the Eugene area. I wish I would have had more time to study the tables of ID’ed mushrooms but there were so many people you couldn’t just stand and stare or you would get pushed out of the way. There sure are a lot of weird looking fungi in the world. I enjoyed it.

A greeter at the Oregon Mycological Society annual Mushroom Festival in Eugene Oregon at the Mt. Pisgah Arboreatum.

A greeter at the Cascade Mycological Society annual Mushroom Festival in Eugene Oregon at the Mt. Pisgah Arboreatum.

Booths at the Oregon Mycological Society annual Mushroom Festival in Eugene Oregon at the Mt. Pisgah Arboreatum.

Mushroom tables at the festival

Booths at the Oregon Mycological Society annual Mushroom Festival in Eugene Oregon at the Mt. Pisgah Arboreatum.

Booths selling mushrooms

A person wearing a mushroom hat at the Oregon Mycological Society annual Mushroom Festival in Eugene Oregon at the Mt. Pisgah Arboreatum.

A person wearing a mushroom hat!  

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Mushroom photography contest helpful hints

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BuddymaysPhototips4We are excited about our first photo contest and we hope many of you will try your hand at taking beautiful shots of fungi. We also have an educational category – photos that let someone identify the genus of the mushroom – gotta see the underside of the cap and spore color somehow.  COOL PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS and lots of public admiration!

Here are some helpful tips from Buddy Mays: mushroomsphototips1mushroomphototipsmushroomphototips3BuddymaysPhotoTips5

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Look What Julie Found on the way home..

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Julie's matsies

Tricholoma magnivelare, Matsutakes – right before Julie cut them in half, of course. Remember the stem is very firm when young (squeeze hard) and it has that amazing smell! Don’t cut these off! Pick the whole mushroom for id. 


6 1/2 pounds of Hericium abietes. From the Santiam pass, Oct 25, 2015.

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Christopher’s October stash!

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My neighbor and his family went hunting yesterday and found a diverse stash of fungi to bring home for supper. Here is his photo. I know he traveled well over Santiam pass almost as low as Marion Forks, gathering from the side roads the lower he went. The nicest specimen was a beautiful Hericium abietes, but he has a lovely King Bolete, all white under the cap and no worms. Only a few chanterelles, but a pile of Lobster mushrooms!  Good day hunting, Christopher and family!


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1st Annual Central Oregon Mushroom Photography Contest!

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First Annual Central Oregon Mushroom Photography Contest

Members, we hope you’ll get out into the woods and take part in the club’s very first Mushroom Photography Contest. There will be prizes awarded for the three best mushroom photographs. The entry rules are simple:

1.       Each member can submit one color or black and white photograph.

2.       Submitted photographs should be 8” x 10” or 8” x 12” (Costco makes great color prints for $1.79 each and you can do it online or in the store). Each print should be labeled on the back with a sticker giving the photographer’s name, address, and phone number

3.       Photographs must have been taken during 2015.

4.       Prints should be submitted at the November meeting. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded during the December Meeting.

So, grab your camera and bean bag, pack a lunch, and go spend an afternoon in the forest with Mama Nature and your favorite fungi.

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Tom’s first Matsies

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IMG_0970Tom C. came by today asking me to certify that he had found Matsutakes. He has never picked them before and wanted confirmation about what he believed to be Tricholoma magnivelare.  He found them yesterday at 3700 ft. on the west side of Santiam pass. Several were buttons and all were in good condition to eat.  Remember that the smell of Matsies can permeate into mushrooms nearby them.  This means that an Amanita look-alike can take on that distinctive smell. Please do not just use smell as the defining characteristic to a mushroom’s edibility.  Look at all the parts of the mushroom, especially the bottom of the stem.  This means digging up the entire mushroom for identification purpose, not cutting it off.  Tom did a careful job of picking his Matsies.


Oh, the wonderful red-hot-cinnamon-dirty socks-pine-tree smell of Matsutakes!

We are anxious to hear how well he liked them.

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Kurt’s cauliflower mushroom

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Kurt'sSparrasis10:15I was sent this photo by Kurt who wants to share his bounty of Sparrasis radicata (15 lbs.) that he found high on Santiam pass. Sometimes when they get this big, the maggots have hatched in the stem and proceed to devour the mushroom quickly, so look for worms in the base and the bottom of the noodle-like petals.

Sparrasis comes up again at the base of the same tree every year, if you can time it right. It is a slow-growing pathogen on fir trees causing brown rot, but it is an excellent edible and good for beginners because nothing looks similar to it at all if you really take the time to note the noodle-like branching folds in mature specimens.  The young ones are harder to recognize but strange all the same.  This is one of my favorites!

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Field trip to Big Meadow Horse Camp area


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 BuddyMaysa 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.

Others found:

Leucopaxillus albisissimus

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

Assorted Hydnellums

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!!





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