Congratulations to Dave Prybylowski for his winning photo of Stropharia hornemanii at our annual Mushroom Hunter’s Survival Potluck last night! Many wonderful mushroom pictures were submitted and voted on by the 45 or so attendees. Dave won a hand-drawn framed print of a beautiful morel, drawn by our own Julie Hamilton! Great shot, Dave!
Stropharia hornemanii has purple-brown spores that you can see in this photo collecting on the skirt-like veil on the stem. It likes growing on well-decayed wood and is generally considered inedible. The floccose stem is an excellent identifying feature.
Besides the great photos for the photo contest, attendees brought many mushroom dishes from salads, main dishes, even desserts. Lawrence and Ken arranged a huge screen in the room to show pictures from our field trips and many interesting mushroom shots, accompanied by music. There was a word puzzle and a mixer questionnaire, both had prizes for the winners.