Peter and Anne have lots of luck Nov. 11!
Anne and I went west of
Santiam Junction today, and we saw many fruiting fungi. A beautiful day. We tramped in the woods for almost six hours.
We brought home several beautiful bear’s head (hericium abietis), a dozen or so white chantrelles and several admirable boletes (b. mirabilis). What we brought home was in great shape, but we did leave a similar amount of specimens that were well past prime.
We sauteed the hericium for dinner with some shallots and served with shrimp and zucchini in a scampi style with rice. Most enjoyable. Tomorrow we will do something with the boletes and chanterelles.
We also saw some cool jellies: witch’s butter (tremella mesenterica), apricot jelly (phlogiotis helvelloides) and toothed jelly fungus (pseudohydnum gelatinosum).
Russulas, of course, were very prevalent, and a nice show presented themselves as what I call, “Welcome Mushrooms.” These are the ones that stand up and wave just when you get a few feet from the car and haven’t even adjusted your mushroom goggles. I think we were seeing r. emetica and r. rosacea.
We also saw this crazy green specimen with gills; also green. I included a picture, so if you know this one I would be interested to learn more.
Also included is a photo of tonight’s kitchen prep area flush with today’s treasures.