A Good Year for Mushrooms

It seems that every time we take a walk we’re seeing mushrooms. Our stroll at Woodhus Slough last week was no exception. In addition to the Lake’s Boletus we found several other spectacular mushrooms that day, some that we were able to identify and others that we weren’t.

Rosy Gomphidius | Gomphidius subroseus
Rosy Gomphidius | Gomphidius subroseus

Probably the most beautiful (and coolest) mushroom of the day was the Rosy Gomphidius (Gomphidius subroseus). There is no mistaking this mushroom. Its reddish cap and stem is covered with a thick layer of slime (the technical term for this characteristic is viscid). The stem is two toned, white at the top and yellow at the base, and it has a black ring near the gills under the cap. The gills are white and the spore print is black – if you look closely at the photograph you can see some hints of the black spores on the gills.

Western Purple Laccaria | Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis
Western Purple Laccaria | Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis

The second mushroom featured on this walk was the Western Purple (or Amethyst) Laccaria (Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis). We had found, and subsequently identified, this mushroom on a previous walk at Miracle Beach Provincial Park so it was nice to be able to recognize it in the field. These laccarias were fresher than the one we had found earlier so they also photographed better!

Finally, what mushroom hunt would be complete without a mystery mushroom or two. A word of advice to fellow mushroom novices – don’t collect too many mushrooms to identify or you’ll end up being completely overwhelmed! We think that the mushroom below might be a Cortinarius but aren’t 100% convinced. The cottony fibers along the rim of the mushroom are distinctive but didn’t help us with an identification. The spore print for this mushroom was cinnamon brown in colour. The mushroom was found growing in association with Douglas Fir.

Cortinarius sp? - We weren't able to conclusively identify this mushroom.
Cortinarius sp? - A visually distinctive, nondescript LBM.
Cortinarius sp? - We weren't able to conclusively identify this mushroom.
Cortinarius sp? - We weren't able to conclusively identify this mushroom.

4 comments

  1. Hi! thanks visiting my site…
    You have here a very beautiful site.. I love your photos.. It makes me appreciate photography more especially nature photography…

    Those mushrooms are impressively captured!

  2. Thanks for the comment Jan – glad you’re enjoying the blog. It’s great fun to look for and photograph these mushrooms even if we’re not sure initially what they are!

  3. Thanks Jama – we were really amazed at the sliminess of the Gomphidius. It was slightly gross and very cool at the same time!

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