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OfflineRoger_Barrett
But you can callme Syd!

Registered: 11/27/02
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W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix]
    #1111653 - 12/04/02 11:18 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Well I woke to a light mist and said dammit I'm going across the Sound to see what all the fuss is about (well inspired by mjshroomer, bitchcakes, Roadkill etc..)!

I grabbed some online directions to some parks and set out in search of alder. While its not overflowing on every street corner, there is indeed more alder based mulch over in Seattle than what I've seen on the Kitsap side of the sound.. anyway, I hit several areas in West and South Seattle. In several places I could tell that others had been there before me (broken mushrooms which didn't fit the search criteria etc..).

But I certainly found cyans.. and yes they do jump out at you when you find them for the first time (I'm amazed at how far off I was in my last post!

This first picture is the cyans I found. The top bunch were relatively young and pristine. The bottom were past their prime but in good shape none the less:



Here's a close upof the older cyans:



And a close up of the newer/fresher cyans:



The new cyans were fruiting in a mulch bed under a small evergreen. I snapped the pix after I had picked most of the shrooms (too excited at my first find to think straight!). Here's a few peaking out in the bottom and far right.. soon to be added to the pile:



And some pins I left for some other lucky searcher to find in a few days :smile::




In the mulch piles there were tons of what I believe were gallerinas.... I can see now how easy it is for a newbie like me to confuse the two.. the brown stems and lack of blueing kept me vigilant..:



Thanks to all who helped guide me in my search. I wish I could be more successful on my home turf! But until the season ends, looks like I'll be a friend of King County!

Peace!


 


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Invisiblemjshroomer
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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1112055 - 12/05/02 01:30 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

well done. Glad to have inspired you. Was thatone of my patches?

hehehe

just kiding/ You have to come and take me picking now.

mj


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1112162 - 12/05/02 02:05 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Great find!! Congrats!!

Here is a question, How can you tell alder mulch or chips from other types of wood?


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Offlinedavidg47
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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1112413 - 12/05/02 03:15 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Way to be. I knew you'd find those bad-boys! Nice quality pics, by the way. Now you know, you have the power. Go forth and use it.

MJ: I will pick you up anytime. If you're serious, PM me. I'd love to meet the master.


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1112899 - 12/05/02 09:47 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Nice work roger, congrats!  :laugh:

DH


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Offlineakyouser_oner
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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1112909 - 12/05/02 09:52 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

well done! all i've found so far are a whole bunch of inactives. they're definately beautiful and i still consider it a good day if i find em, but i'd love to find some cyan patches. i don't think alder chips are too abundant in tacoma though...


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: akyouser_oner]
    #1112939 - 12/05/02 10:11 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I have found that just about all "wood chips" can support cyanescen growth. What you dont wanna waste you time looking through is the red beauty bark. An aged area of coniferous woodchips (once the tannin leaches out) will be a suitable home.


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: cardboard]
    #1112954 - 12/05/02 10:17 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

yeah, i've checked out the trails at point defiance (in 5 mile drive) and found a LOT of different and cool species, but no actives... the search continues!


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1113877 - 12/05/02 03:07 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

hey! i live in northeast tacoma and believe i have liberty caps in my backyard.i have only lived in pacific northwest for 4 years and all my friends with similar interests are back east.i don't dare pick or eat any of these supposed liberty caps without someone experienced to verify.i need to go hunting with an expert. can anyone help me out


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Invisiblemjshroomer
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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: st stephen]
    #1113912 - 12/05/02 03:18 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Many shrooms have the shapes of liberty caps but 99.999% do not grow in peoples backyards unless it is a pasture with cattle.

Some golf courses along the oregon coast once in a blue moon willhave liberty caps in a well manucured sprayed withfertilizer lawns. In thorty lyears I have only seen liberty caps in one soccer field in Redmond and on several lawns for two years in the falol at southcenter Parking lot and one small patch of 11 liberty caps which came up on mAY 22, 1978 AT A south center lawn. They are not a awn species and what yo have are prbably a mycena. ANyway you need to go to the fields ot find liberty caps.

mj


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1113945 - 12/05/02 03:32 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

thanks for the advice! maybe one of these days i will meet someone who can take me mushroom hunting.i didn't know there were any fields in south center or any grass for that matter just shopping malls.i have eaten mushrooms many times but have always paid for them.i have always wanted to eat some i have found on my own.although now i don't even know where to buy them.i was lucky enough to have my first experience in 6 years 2 weeks ago in hartford at the other ones show.i was able to buy some.they were from oregon.anyway thanks for the advice if you know of any expeditions let me know


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: st stephen]
    #1114093 - 12/05/02 04:09 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

For about twenty years South Center ... and I.... Park were mushroom paradises due to the Evergreen Tree and lawn Servie which constanly manicured the lawns there with fertilizers fomthe pasteues in South Tukwilla. Now these pastures have disappeared due to construction of one story non-poluting buildings such as warehouses and Boeing ofices. thus losing the blue ringer spores and baeo spores common frm that region of the PNW.

Now there are only sporadic appearan es of these shrooms around south center and mostly south of southcenter up to ... street starting on .... and ... in South Center out towards ... and ...

A few yeas ago the ... in Auburn had blue ringers up the ying yang on all of the lawns but who would pick their.

The condos and residentaial areas however have great sources of shrooms but are patrolled by security police throughou the day and they do issue tickets for trespassing in private communities in the area. Unless yo live there and or have friends who live there it would not be cool to pick shrooms arond peoples condos inthe region.

have a shroomy day,

mj

Gumbydude edit: I had to replace some names with some "..." because they were a little too specific. Nothing personal MJ, just forum rules.


Edited by GumbyDude (12/05/02 09:54 PM)


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1114395 - 12/05/02 05:17 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

gotta move up north were pasture lands still abound. I think we are on the verge of a major resurgance of prime psilocybe habitate. I know in the last few years there has been a big effort to do things right for the soils and to plant areas with native plantings. If your city council has jumped on the band wagon it shouldnt be long till you see woodchips being laid down with plantings that were grown in the farmlands.


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Re: W/S Seattle hunt SUCCESS! [w/ pix] [Re: Roger_Barrett]
    #1114628 - 12/05/02 06:28 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Stay out of my patches in West Seattle!!! j/k

Glad you found some.

The last picture of the Gallerinas was a good one.
I have noticed that the major difference to look for is this:
The Gallerinas don't have white stems and the cap color is also different than the Cyans.
The Gallerinas have a carmel color stem and underneath the cap when they are pins and small.
They do turn whiteish when they are older and drying out.
The Cyans have a white stem and aren't carmel colored on the stems or underneath the caps.
mj and I noticed that some young Gallerinas have the same button bow tie look to the caps when they are young that the Cyans have.
So be careful!

good luck hunting!



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PM the names with on there names, that means they have mushrooms for sale.



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