Not many posts lately, so I wonder how the season is progressing.
We went out on a mushroom class field trip to the bogs and lakeside last Saturday. Everyone went home with something to eat, mainly little chanterelles, but a few king boletes, and a small Hericium too. Most of the kings were too wormy to take home, sad to say. One fungi fan had an eagle eye for Matsutakes, finding at least 5 and we debated about taking the chance of getting fined for having them in her basket, as per USFS mushroom permit. I mentioned cutting them in half to keep the commercial value at zero, but I left it up to her to keep them or not. It seems like such an unreasonable rule.
I also noticed how high the mushroom-hunting activity has been in the areas where we go with the class. Discarded specimens were everywhere when we arrived. Even at that, our picnic table was full of a wide variety of mushrooms, even nice buttons, so I guess they can’t get them all. The wet swampy areas seem to be our only salvation during this drought, so I am very grateful for bogs right now. Please think RAIN.