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  1. Congrats on your baby girl!
  2. For the next one, I am getting an AC adapter so I can plug my camera battery in and not run out of juice part way through. This is taking one photo a minute for over 8 hrs and it ended up only being a 5 sec. clip! It would help if the thunder storms would wait until I'm finished too!
  3. Greg, Steelhead are anadromous fish that are born in fresh water and live their lives in saltwater, to return to fresh water years later to spawn. If you are referring to what people call sheepshead, that is a mushroom known as Maitake or hen of the woods. This is neither of those. Are you wanting a photo of Grifola frondosa? Hen of the woods http://www.mushroomexpert.com/grifola_frondosa.html.
  4. I wish there was more written about it, Dave.
  5. Gregory, you never want to take our word for an ID when it comes to eating something you are not sure of. Any time you are trying a new to you mushroom for the first time, you should always just try a very small amount to be certain it is not going to react with you in a negative way. Just because a mushroom is labeled as edible doesn't mean it is good for everyone. Some people have sensitivities that will cause gastronomic upset in some whereas others are just fine. In this case, it is still an unknown for certain and you should not be eating it unless you have had an expert look at it and tell you it is a safe edible. Sparassis mushrooms are safe, but then again, I don't believe this specimen is a Sparassis mushroom. One other thing, do not eat wild mushrooms raw. There are very few instances where this is an exception to the rule, like with Boletus edulis and some of the Caesar Amanitas. If you want to test a mushroom for taste or bitterness, just put a piece in your mouth and bite between your front teeth, chew it a bit and spit it out. You can do this with any mushroom as long as you don't swallow. It is a good way to help with ID'ing a mushroom you are unfamiliar with. But don't ingest it.
  6. I'm not so sure it actually is Sparassis spathulata. I've been seeing a number of these showing up on the facebook group and they don't really quite match S. spathulata. Take a look at Hydnopolyporus palmatus. https://www.google.com/search?q=hydnopolyporus+palmatus&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS586US586&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BtwEVLjeBtfDggTgjIGIAg&ved=0CB0QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=499
  7. Lots of popular school colors! Where did you purchase your spawn?
  8. You're welcome. They are quite common summertime lawn mushrooms from the Midwest to the Southeast.
  9. Welcome to the board, Susan. You got here just in time. Things are really starting to heat up with mushrooms popping all over. Have fun!
  10. Hi There! Your top Bolete photos look to be in the edulis clade. If they are sweet tasting and not bitter, they are good to go. I use a food dehydrator and slice mine in fairly thick slices maybe 5 to 6 centimeters and then dry them and once completely dry, put in a sealed jar. If you can get a gallon sized jar (big one) that would be best so you don't have to cut them down to size. You should also get in the habit of field cleaning your edible mushrooms so you don't bring all that dirt into your basket to contaminate the rest of your mushrooms. Trim off all the bad spots and dirt while out in the field so there is less to do later. The ones down a few spots that you thought might be Amanita look a lot like Agaricus augustus. Take a look at this link and see if it matches up with what you have there. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/agaricus_augustus.html If it has that tell tale sign of an aroma like almonds, stains slightly yellow and has a ring (annulus) it is a choice edible but make sure you check this one out for more info. The bottom ones are in the same family as Shaggy manes Coprinus comatus but they are not the same. There are many of these little Coprinoid mushrooms but here is another page where you can potentially key them out. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/coprinoid.html Congratulations, your Autumn mushrooms are going into full swing. Enjoy! Mary
  11. Those last photos are the most tell tale signs to accurately ID this mushroom. It is Chlorophyllum molybdites, the green gilled Lepiota. It is a sickener so not edible.
  12. I've been playing around in my yard learning to do timelapse photography and I had these pretty mushrooms to practice on. Unfortunately my battery died mid way so there is a jump in the sequence and of course it had thunderstorm before I was finished either, so it is not complete but it's better than the first attempt! It took more than 8 hrs just for 5 seconds of footage!
  13. I know they grow north of me in Tallahassee but I wonder if I could get them to grow this far south? They would look so pretty growing next to my Leucocoprinus birnbaumii! ha ha
  14. You might not be able to do it from a phone. You might have to email the photos from your phone to your email and save them on your computer. Not sure what your setup is. From a computer it is quite self explanatory.
  15. I'm not so sure if those first ones are actually Boletus aureus. The queen looks just like the king bolete with the exception of a darker cap and often a whitish bloom on the caps. Perhaps these are just old specimens in which case, try and find some fresher specimens. Porcini are popping all over the UK right now in ridiculous quantities. From the Highlands to all parts of Wales and England. It looks to be one of those crazy years with so many you stumble over them. Lucky you! Go find yourself some nice fresh porcini!! The rest look to be correct and are edible.
  16. I had some Sarcodon imbricatus in CO and it was OK...not something I'd go out of my way to collect, but not bitter and not bad.
  17. Hens have begun in Michigan, Wisconsin, Central PA, Maine and I forget where else. Good luck!
  18. Cedric, kids are free and there are lots for them to do. Definitely plan to go.
  19. candy caps do not grow in NC. There is a species that grows in the upper midwest but the good ones grow in CA and OR. Not sure what you have there.
  20. True Cantharellus cibarius doesn't exist in the US. It is strictly a European name...we are learning more and more about chanterelles all the time.
  21. I think you will find the trip totally worth it, dakotabob. Telluride is gorgeous and even though this was not one of the truly memorable mushroom harvest years, they usually are and you will bring lots of stuff home with you. Well worth the trip and a lot of fun had by all.
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