One of the first mushrooms of the autumn I enjoy spotting is the colorful Dyer's Polypore. Rick and I found two growing along our seasonal creek. The one on the left is growing in a small huckleberry bush.
These are inedible mushrooms. Their job in nature is to help decompose dead wood. That said, we found it growing on the roots of a big, healthy Douglas Fir. Perhaps there is a dead root they are working on.
Dyer's of yarn prize these mushrooms as they impart a yellow color when young, like these. As the mushrooms age, they give a deep brown color.
We did find some Oyster Mushrooms on a downed Tan-Oak. Oysters, edible mushrooms, grow on dead hardwoods.
We will be looking for the first Boletus edulis to arrive. Soon, me thinks!
Oyster mushrooms have bloomed on a downed Tan Oak in our forest. This tree came down last year and we left it in place in the hopes that we'd get these mushrooms - they grow on dead hardwood. Our hopes were rewarded!
And a Dyer's Polypore has bloomed too - not an edible, but beautiful to see and watch evolve.
The new polypore is the light-colored one. The dark brown polypore was last year's bloom. It's unusual for the old one to still be entact. These mushrooms are used by dyers of wool. When young they dye wool yellow or orange. When older, the dye wool brown. Their role in Nature it to decompose dead wood.
I have a photo of the first Boletus edulis, a choice edible. Four were found at The Sea Ranch a few days ago. But I am sharing it first with the Independent Coast Observer with my Sightings column. It will be out on Thursday!
We are waiting for a rainstorm that is due in late tonight. It has been very dry until now but I didn't think it was dry enough for Prince mushrooms to fruit! They are considered a summer mushroom. But right alongside our road, six Prince mushrooms popped up yesterday.
I have noticed a fresh bloom of Oyster Mushrooms on a standing dead Tan-oak tree in our forest. Here is a photo Ron LeValley took of several pristine Oyster Mushrooms. Ron advises getting them while they are young and delicious.
Jane Jarlsberg found these Oyster Mushrooms the day before Thanksgiving. She brought them to a friend's home to add to the celebratory feast. They are exceptionally frilly for Oysters but no less delicious.
Yesterday Rick and I found two beautiful King Boletes, Boletus edulis. You can see the sponge underneath the cap is still white, indicating it fruited recently. With age the sponge turns yellow.
And this morning, under threatening skies, we found a small Queen Boletus, Boletus aereus. The very dark top was nearly munched off, perhaps by a Deer. But the stem was sturdy and pristine. Fresh mushroom for the Jackson household tonight!
Thanks to Jane for allowing me to share her photos with you here.
The fog was heavy and cold this morning but as we walked alongside the Gualala River we left the fog behind. The river is low, waiting for the rains to come. The water is crystal clear.
Of course we took our golden retriever, Huckleberry, along. He LOVES the Gualala River.
And taking a gravel bath afterwards. Life is very good indeed when you are a golden.
Walking back Rick saw this little Chorus Frog jump. Its new name is Sierran Tree Frog.
Entering the forest we were surprised to see fresh Oyster Mushrooms growing on downed tree. A Banana Slug is enjoying a nice meal, provided courtesy of Mother Nature. The fog has been so heavy and dense, there was enough moisture for this edible mushroom to fruit.