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Nature Mushroom Hunting

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 porrigens

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?

Eastern Stinkhorn  Phallus ravenelli

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.

Honey Mushroom     Armillaria mellea

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.

Vase Puffball     Bovista Pila

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.