Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mushroom Hunting Field Trip With the Puget Sound Mycological Society

I already posted a few pictures from our mushroom hunting adventure on Saturday, but I promised that there would be more!

My good friend Shana recently joined the Puget Sound Mycological Society and invited Amy and I along on their last field trip of the season, this past Saturday.  We drove an hour and a half to a small state park, where we met up with a large group of mushroom hunters.  Some people had years and years of experience, while others (like us) were brand new.  A handful of people made out with baskets full of gorgeous chantarelles and other edibles- but as such newbies we stuck to finding as many different species as we could- mostly poisonous.  We spent nearly four very wet hours working our way around a 2 mile loop trail, stopping whenever we'd spot something new. 

As much as I love the idea of hunting solely for edibles- we had an absolute blast poking, smelling, picking, and photographing everything that we could.  I truly had never noticed that there is such diversity between species, and we learned some really neat mushroomy facts.







































Have you ever gone mushroom hunting?  What did you find?

4 comments:

K a i t l y n said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! I mean, man, I didn't know there were so many kinds around here! A couple mushrooms in your photos resemble reef coral to me. Way neat!

Brittany said...

Look how cute Amy is in the third picture! Hee hee hee!

K a i t l y n said...

Hey Renai, I did a post inspired by your field trip. If you don't want to be named in it, I can take that whole paragraph out. Hope you like it though!

http://www.a-thousand-plateaus.com/2010/10/great-mushroom-hunt.html

ikkinlala said...

Thanks for sharing these - what a fascinating field trip!

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