I decided to take a walk in the woods yesterday, to see what the forest floor was doing. I was not overly optimistic, but a few of my fellow mycophiles have reported sightings both in woods and in one of the local grocery stores.
The sightings in the woods were of Chanterelles and a few boletes. In one of our local grocery stores, Claytons, one of my friends called and texted me about local Pine mushrooms for sale. I said “what?” seems awfully early for pine’s (masutaki’s) as they usually come later in the fall, usually between October to December. I said they must be coming from somewhere off the coast or further north where there has been some rain.
M friend checked with the produce manager and she informed her that yes they were in fact local.
Sounded interesting and promising so that is what prompted me to head up Dakota Ridge way to check out a couple of areas where I have found pines before. I have to say, I am convinced that those pines must have come from some other area of the coast. The reason is the extreme dryness in the woods…the moss is bone dry and even dusty, it sounds like you are walking on rice krispies.
However, I did have a couple of sightings that did sunrise me. On one old stump right beside the road I found two species.
The second picture shows it size and the under side and the porous sponge. When I sliced into the cap it was full of worms….sigh…too bad.
This beautiful example was growing on a stump and being obviously a good substrate, I decide to check the other side. Sure enough there was a couple of very nice examples of Wooly Pine spikes (Chroogomphus tomentosus.
one of the two look-a-likes of the much sought after Chanterelles.
Well, we now have proof!! But I wondered “What the hell is there to eat here in the woods? I saw no berries, very little vegetation, and I was two thirds of the way up to the top of Dakota Ridge?
Finally on my way down I stopped at one other spot that I always have success at, but usually much later in the season.
Also the picture it’s self is less than crisp….my shutter speed was off a bit me thinks…so much for auto-pilot.
So there you have it, IMHOP, still need lots of rain but the fungi world is trying.
Hope to see you sometimes on the trails-coastalshroomer.