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OfflineToxicManM
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Foray in Colorado
    #1619449 - 06/09/03 12:37 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I spent much of the day on a foray with, among others, Dr Michael Beug. His name is probably not that familiar to most, but most of you have seen some of his work. He took (by my count) 48 of the photos in the popular Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. He is a Professor Emeritus of The Evergeen State College in Washington, and is currently President of the Pacific Northwest Key Council.

One of the best ways to learn more about this mycology stuff is to hang out with people like that when the opportunity presents itself.

First, here's a nice general shot showing typical habitat:

Those lovely leafy green plants in the foreground are poison ivy. It was everywhere. Fortunately, I don't seem to be developing any rashes yet.

Here's Dr Beug collecting an Inocybe (we don't know what species yet).

Sorry, I didn't get a good detailed photo of the Inocybes.

He was interested in finding some secotioid fungi - mushrooms which have enclosed, deformed gills which are typical of drier climates. And we managed to find one.

We don't even have a genus on it yet. Hopefully I'll get one from him or Vera tomorrow.

We found this nice set of polypores.

Those are Polyporus arcularius.

Here's Dr Beug photographing those same polypores.


But the major find of the day was when we hit a patch...


... of these.

They're Amanita populiphila. I don't know if they've been recorded from Colorado before, but they have now. They are close relatives of Amanita vaginata, and they are edible. I haven't eaten any yet.

Hope you enjoyed these high points of the foray.

Happy mushrooming!


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1619495 - 06/09/03 01:08 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks Toxic, looks like spring has treated you guys well. Do mushrooms stop growing at a certain elevation in Colorado?


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: pseudopod]
    #1619509 - 06/09/03 01:16 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

No. It's colder at the higher altitudes, so spring gets there later and fall begins sooner. So in spring the place where the mushrooms are starting to grow moves up into the mountains, and in fall it works its way back down to the plains.

I went on a foray with Dr Orson Miller Jr a few years ago above timberline in the tundra on Loveland Pass. I didn't think we'd see much, but I bet we found over 50 species of mushrooms in about 90 minutes. The season up there is real short.

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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1620223 - 06/09/03 10:12 AM (13 years, 7 months ago)

wow thats great. i am humbled by your acquaintences :tongue:.

i have a growing interest in the Amanita genus. nice Amanita find.

btw, i sent you the spore print. its in the mail box now :smile: 


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1620365 - 06/09/03 12:13 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

HEy TOxicMan,

Tell Dr. Beug that John Allen says hello and so does his protegee student Jeremy Bigwood. I a m wquite sure Michael would love to hear that Jeremy says hello.

Mj


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: mjshroomer]
    #1620379 - 06/09/03 12:17 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

I'll pass that along when I see him tonight.

Happy mushrooming!


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1620386 - 06/09/03 12:18 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

Thank you. Tell him I have Jeremy's email if he wants it.

mj


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Re: Foray in Colorado [Re: ToxicMan]
    #1620473 - 06/09/03 01:07 PM (13 years, 7 months ago)

:cool: :cool: did you taste them (the populiphila) yet? 


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