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Bruce

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  1. I took advantage of warm weather last Sunday (64 degrees in Ellettsville/Spencer) to do some late-season hiking and collect a limited supply of the Indiana mycophagist's last refuge -- the Pear-Shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme). See https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Tay4HOhiLx0MtCDYLItl4LvyCPfidZgU Despite all my efforts in the field, I still had to meticulously tear each little mushroom in half and throw away about a third of the ones that were showing signs of sporulating. Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but I ought to do something special. Bruce
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    Fairy Ring?

    Agaricus campestris should have pink or brown gills and prominent remnants of a partial veil. Spore print is brown. I can't really tell gill color or other details from this photo. Could be a Meadow Mushroom, maybe not. But to answer your question...yes, they sometimes grow in fairy rings. I have some that usually come up every year on my property. Didn't this year, though. September was too dry. Bruce
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    Hen of the woods

    I think I hate you both. :-) You must live in northern Indiana. Here west of Indy, total rainfall accumulation for September was right around 0.2 inches. Very disappointing from a mushrooming standpoint, especially compared to last year. Bruce
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    New mushroom

    This cup mushroom is not familiar to me. ID help please? https://drive.google.com/open?id=16XdrPQ3ikGYGj7p0-3nvX8qvWCTKoV7I It appears to be growing up from the roots of a dogwood tree whose stump I burned out last year. If you watch them carefully you'll see little puffs of white spores coming out periodically. Pretty cool. Bruce P.S. The "Indiana Mushroom Species" section of this web site is not working anymore.
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    Todays finds

    I went hunting today for a few hours and found little to nothing; one cluster of honeys that I chose to leave behind. We could use some of that rain you guys up north are getting.
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    Todays finds

    Mmm. Gotta get me some of those Hericiums!
  7. You can tell Chlorophyllum molybdites by its green spore print. The print of a true parasol mushroom is white. Parasols can be difficult to identify. Some species of Amanita have a similar appearance. Although I believe I have found them on several occasions, I've never had the nerve to take them home and eat them. Bruce
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    Fun day, lots of mushrooms

    I'm seeing brick-cap, bitter and lilac boletes in your mix. Not sure how I feel about "picking mushrooms for fun." I only take what I plan to eat, and even then I leave some behind. Take photos, not mushrooms. Bruce
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    Boletes for the taking

    For absolute beginners, I recommend "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" by Mueller and McFarland. Another reasonably good intro text is "100 Edible Mushrooms" by Michael Kuo. I have four different mushroom guides and I consult with ALL of them before I even consider trying something for the first time. Bruce
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    Honeys are back

    Spore print came back white, so I cooked 'em up: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rSEsS9QDYe0_t9tzRDv5iysRb8KvrWNf I like the texture of these 'shrooms. They would be good smothering a nice big porterhouse steak. B
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    Boletes for the taking

    Yep, bugs sure do like the boletes. I went on a short hiking excursion yesterday and there were boletes all over the place. Mostly brick-cap, bitter and slippery jack, though. I didn't pick any as I already have mushrooms in my refrigerator that aren't getting eaten!
  12. The honey mushrooms in my back yard have returned! Picked a nice cluster of them today, very near to where they appeared last year. Photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yOXsVPLa1mUPB1TflgKLWL2rvki48sVT https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ykulrjcUg791VOny4Yxtp84nvsbhKtbD Pretty sure these are Armillaria tabescens, but I am getting a spore print overnight just to be on the safe side. Bruce
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    Mccormick creek foray

    So...how did things go with this weekend's forays at Brown Co and McCormick's Creek? Bruce
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    Chanty time

    Just a quick photo of a crop of chanterelle mushrooms that I collected on 7/19 (same foray as the indigo milkcap). All washed up and ready for the dehydrator! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KD0FUAQkM07NK90f3FvACNjNfgSLpifg Bruce
  15. I tried a new mushroom that I found in the woods today -- Lactarius indigo. This is a very distinctive, funnel-shaped mycorrhizal mushroom that "bleeds blue" when cut. Unfortunately, after a 6-minute saute', it comes out the other side looking more aqua than blue. Reminds me of an old George Carlin schtick ("There is no blue food"). The flavor isn't strong, but kinda nutty...far better than I expected from the culinary descriptions I've encountered in books. Links to photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_1c6MVzR2vodP2MjdPVEwK53beuIh4p0 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UCx5_WjRtpSlSL9ifhNMJRJjZGbZStme https://drive.google.com/open?id=18oTIGyU_9wUZZyKy5cqPvCxRRCl9foPg Hopefully the next message you get from me won't be my obituary. :-) Bruce

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