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    Shades foray

    I’m planning on doing one of them. Really it depends on childcare for which day I go. Don’t think I’d want to take a 2 and 3 yo with me. Question, do I need to be a HMS member to attend? thanks
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    I went for a hike along the dried creek bed at Happy Hallow Park in West Lafayette today. While I didn’t think it was going to be the best time to find new and exciting mushrooms I figured I’d be able to find something. This is the only thing I found. It shot off spores when tapped (lots of them! Super cool to show my boys that were with me today!) I do have a short video of me tapping it with a twig but I was unable to post it on the site Is anyone able to help walk me through identifying this neat little guy? Thanks!
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    Brand new hobby - and having a blast!

    That’s actually what I was telling my sons they looked like! Ha! Here’s what I have so far, from top to bottom. 1) not really sure. I found them growing in the soil below a hardwood. When it comes to tree identification, I’m only confident with ash trees - and that has more to do with signs of the emerald ash borer. 2) turkey tail! These were thin and flexible. Growing on a fallen tree. I was a little confused by this at first because the pictures I would see showed more brown tones. The versicolor should have been a clue. Ha! 3/4) same as 1&2 5) growing on the same tree as the turkey tail. I’m thinking maybe fuligo septica, but when I was looking I didn’t really see pictures of this growing on trees. Mostly the ground. 6/7) ganoderma sessile. This has a strong scent - I don’t know the vocabulary to describe it though. I liked how the grass grew through the mushroom 8/9) while I would joking call them “dog poop mushrooms” for my 5 year old, I do believe these are dead mans fingers. 10/11) I don’t know. Some traits I noticed: the cap was very thin and opaque when held up to the light. Had a slight fishy smell to it? That’s what I’ve got so far. We’ll see what today brings! One of the great things about being brand new at this is that everything excites me.
  4. Hey everybody! I’ve been reading up about mushrooms and fungi for about a week or so now and have become completely captivated by them. They are soooo cool (I assume I’m preaching to the choir here). Anyway, my wife is only mildly amused by my new hobby so I guess I’ll have to share my experiences here. Although I will say that my 5 year old has started going on mushroom walks with me. Also, just trying to introduce myself to the group here. So - hi! -Ben

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