Photo Story: Mushroom Hunting
|Fall is a good time to look for mushrooms.
The leaves are off the understory plants. It usually rains enough
to make them decide to "bloom." Here are a few common mushrooms that
we've found in the fall growing in our watershed. Let us know if we're
wrong about a mushroom. Send us your mushroom pictures, with their
names, to publish. We'd also like your mushroom stories, and recipes!
Angel Wings Pleurotus
I found these small delicate mushrooms in early November.
They were growing on a fallen tree trunk. Angel Wings always grow
on the wood of conifers. Don't you think they look like Angel Wings?
It really does stink! Of course, that depends on what
you call stinky! At least your nose can tell when it's growing
nearby. I found these in mid-October on a garden path made of sawdust.
According to the Peterson Field Guide, it likes woody hardwood
debris and sawdust.
I found this cluster in early November near Bryant
Creek. It was growing on an old road in the woods. There were other
clusters growing out of stumps nearby.
I found this growing by itself. It was on a garden
path in early November. I opened it to look at the spongy interior.
Identification and information from Mushrooms, Peterson
Field Guide, Kent H. McKnight/Vera B. McKnight, Houghton Mifflin Co.,
Boston, New York, 1987. Text and photos by Peter Callaway.