Merville Woods Mushrooms – Part One

We took advantage of good weather last week to get out to Merville Woods, just north of Courtenay, British Columbia. This is an area that is characterized by sandy soil, mixed pine and other conifer forest and a thick under story of salal. It’s prime mushroom habitat and many commercial pickers go there for both chantrelles and salal. We found …

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 Probably the most beautiful (and coolest) mushroom …

Meet a Bolete

Lake's Boletus | Suillus lakei The boletes are one of the groups of mushrooms that are fairly easy to recognize due to the fact that they have pores instead of gills. Run your finger underneath the cap of a potential boletus. If the texture is smooth it is likely that the mushroom you are looking at is a boletus. Earlier …

Mushrooms at Miracle Beach – Part Two

Last weekend Jocie and I collected some mushrooms and made some spore prints. We were lucky to identify a few reasonably conclusively. Today I’m going to introduce you to some of the mushrooms that we struggled to identify. Even though I can’t tell you what these mushrooms are I think that you’ll enjoy them as much as we did! Cortinarius …

Mushrooms at Miracle Beach – Part One

This weekend Jocie and I were lucky enough to get a couple of breaks in the weather that allowed us to go for two family walks at nearby Miracle Beach Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We were searching for mushrooms with the hope of actually identify them conclusively – this meant noting their characteristics in the field and …

Cumberland Forest Fungi

Woolly Chanterelle | Gomphus floccosus One of the delights of mushroom hunting is seeing a mushroom that is so distinctive that you can identify it easily. Such is the case of the Woolly Chanterelle (Gomphus floccosus). With its “vase shaped” body and scaly reddish to bright orange cap (it is also commonly called the Scaly Chanterelle) it is unmistakable. We …

Delightful Amanitas

Gemmed Amanita | Amanita gemmata Fall on the West Coast can be spectacular when the sun makes an appearance and breaks up the days of grey clouds and rain. Such was the case on Monday this week and Jocie and I decided to make the best of it. We packed the children into the car and headed out to Ship’s …

More Mysterious Mushrooms

Coral Fungus | Ramaria sp. – found growing alongside road in mixed Western Hemlock and Douglas Fir. After walking the Karst Creek Trail on Sunday we headed down to the Ralph River campsite in Strathcona Provincial Park to look for more mushrooms. The weather continued to be variable and we knew that we had a small window of opportunity to …

Magnificent Mushrooms!

Lactarius sp. (probably rubrilacteus). This was the only mushroom we were able to identify fairly conclusively. The latex of this mushroom was reddish in colour. Yesterday we took a family walk around the Karst Creek Trail in Strathcona Provincial Park. It’s a 1.2 km loop to a beautiful waterfall through an interesting karst, or limestone, landscape. Streams appear on the …