Tag Archives: Mushrooms

More mushroom madness in New Brunswick

23 Sep

Andrea and I found such a riot of mushrooms while tromping through the woods at her cottage that I may be posting about them till spring!  I spent some time tonight trying to identify a few more of the many mushrooms we photographed.  Surprisingly, some of the hardest to identify are some of the most distinctive.  Do you have any idea how many little orange mushrooms there are out there?

Here is my latest stab at identifications:

poss KING BOLETE - BOLETUS EDULIS

KING BOLETE – BOLETUS EDULIS

poss KING BOLETE - BOLETUS EDULIS 3

I’m not completely sure of this one, but if it is the king, it is supposed to be yummy. 


YELLOW PATCHES - AMANITA FLAVOCONIA

YELLOW PATCHES – AMANITA FLAVOCONIA

YELLOW PATCHES - AMANITA FLAVOCONIA -side


ORANGE GILL WAXYCAP - HYGROCYBE MARGINATA

ORANGE GILL WAXYCAP – HYGROCYBE MARGINATA

ORANGE GILL WAXYCAP - HYGROCYBE MARGINATA 2


DEAD MANS FINGERS - XYLARIA POLYMORPHA

DEAD MANS FINGERS – XYLARIA POLYMORPHA

Don’t you just love some of the common names?


TURKEY TAIL - TRAMETES VERSICOLOR 2


LACTARIUS PIPERATUS

LACTARIUS PIPERATUS

LACTARIUS PIPERATUS 2


poss RAMARIOPSIS LAETICOLOR

RAMARIOPSIS LAETICOLOR

poss RAMARIOPSIS LAETICOLOR (2)

I have found that once you get interested in hunting and identifying something in nature, be it mushrooms or trees or wildflowers, you begin to see things that you never noticed before.  A whole new world opens up and your senses become heightened.  A simple walk through the woods becomes much more interesting and even exciting – when you find something new and different.

I have lots more mushrooms from New Brunswick, but I’ll save them for another post.

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A dearth of fungus

21 Sep

Bad timing.  I was all hyped up about mushroom hunting here at the cottage after the wild abundance at Andrea’s cottage.  The end of a hot, dry summer is really not a good time for mushrooms.  I have had to look high and low to find any fungus at all – a bit of a letdown after tripping over them with every step in New Brunswick.  I did manage to record a few finds on this trip and I am posting the photos now, even though I haven’t identified them yet.

BUT – on the subject of mushroom identification, I’ve just picked up a great book that may help speed up my identifications.  Highly recommended by me – it covers your area too Andrea…

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But I digress… here are the only finds from the cottage this week – ->

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Above and below is one of my favourites because they are so vibrant and changeable – the POLYPOUR VERSICOLOR.

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The fungus pictured below are HUGE!  I can’t wait to find out what they are…

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Our cottage naturalist library

20 Sep

I have bought a bunch of books to update our library of natural sciences and field guides for the cottage.  We have quite a selection already, but many are quite old and not as rich in photos and color plates as the newer ones. 

P1050538I hope that some of you cottage naturalists will use them.  Take an afternoon and challenge yourself to identify 5 trees that you don’t know the name of, or pick a bouquet of flowers and pull out the wildflower book to see what you’ve got.  It can be addictive.  As you know, I’m addicted to mushrooms right now – but I don’t have a good mushroom book so I perused our naturalist library in the shelves above the couch and came up with not one but 5 different books to satisfy my quest for identification!P1050539

Once you get into a bit of plant or animal or rock or insect identification you’ll be hooked!

Mushrooms at Andrea’s cottage

31 Aug

In a moist, loamy corner of New Brunswick, Andrea and Ugo’s cottage is perched on stilts, overlooking a stony, sandy beach. On a misty afternoon, Andrea and I took “the pack” on an adventure walk through the forest surrounding the cottage. As we walked on the soft bedding of the regenerating decay of the forest floor, I noticed a wide range of mushrooms. Here is a small sampling…actually it is as many as I have been able to identify to date. I am probably wrong on my identification of a few…more to come.

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Cloudy clitocybe

 

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False chanterelle

 

 

 

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Violet branched coral mushroom

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Crown tipped coral mushroom

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Emetic russula

 

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Variegated mop