The year is coming to a close.

Christmas has come and gone, the turkey roasted, the perogies made, the cookies baked, the gifts exchanged and the additional 5 pounds added to the mid section. There is only one more sleep until the bacchanal which is New Years eve is to begin.

I started this blog just about 12 months ago, and my plan was to document “what’s growing out there?” every month of the year.   To date, I have had 24 posts, uploaded 183 pictures and the blog was viewed 1600 times.  Not bad for my first year.

Also, I have learned a lot about blogging and about mushrooms.  I have found mushrooms growing every month of the year.  Some times they were very scarce, some times very numerous.  This was one of those dryer years, with almost no rain from mid June until October.  Luckily, the rains began just before the mushroom festival and we were able to forage enough to put on a good display.

Our guest and speaker at the festival this year was Taylor Lockwood, a world renown photographer and film maker.

The season started late, but all in all was an average year, and there is always hope for next  year. This was my best year ever for finding pines, and also finding dyers for Ann and the other fabric artists.  By the way, in 2016, we here on the coast will be hosting the International Mushroom Dyers Symposium. Ann has worked hard to organize this and many SCSHROOM members  are busily collecting specimens for the dye-pots.

I also took a number of new SCSHROOM members out on forays, made some new friends and I hope help them to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for some of out local fungi.

As for what’s growing out there, I was out on Saturday, December 27th, doing a hike with the family and grand kids down Chapman Creek and we found a good number of Winter ChanterellesAviary Photo_130612582174360502

The weather once again has turned clear and frosty, so I am not sure what will survive into the New Year.

I am heading to warmer climes in early January, Kauai to be specific.  I hope to do some hiking in the highlands and hope to catch site of some “tropical” fungi.  While out walking on Oahu last January we did see a couple of agarics so you never can tell.

I wish you all a very happy new  year, and hope your forays are always fruitful and hope to see you some times on the trails.

I leave you with a couple of my favourite shots from this last season….

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And last of all …. the green!!!!

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