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About Gillian

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    London, Ontario, Canada
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    hot glass, foraging, fibre arts, mixed media

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  1. Rest assured no picking, just photographs. Killarney is my favourite park in Ontario...we've visited many times. Canoeing, hiking, camping....love it! Thanks Dave! I'll consult my field guide to look up some of those Genera. I realized that Monotropa uniflora was in there...not a fungus but I didn't know that in 2008. If you ever travel up to Ontario Killarney is definitely worth a visit in the summer (haven't been in the winter).
  2. Since most of the ID activity is in this thread I thought I'd ask for some help over here, even though the main posting with all the pictures is in the other thread. They are photos from a hike we did in 2008 (I know, ten years ago!) but there were soooooo many different varieties of mushrooms and fungus that we took many photos. It was before I developed my current keen interest in Mycology but I've always enjoyed taking pictures of mushrooms as we hike. If anyone wants to have a look and ID some of them I'd add labels to the photos. I can see Oyster mushrooms and an Amanita muscaria. Lots of others I don't know. Thanks for helping out!
  3. "Killarney Provincial Park straddles the boundary between a belt of gneiss (pronounced “nice”) that underlies the cottage country of Muskoka and Georgian Bay and a belt of deformed sedimentary rocks (sandstones and siltstones) to the northwest. In Killarney Provincial Park, a band of granite occurs along this geological boundary and these pink rocks are featured along the Highway 637 corridor northeast of the town of Killarney. Northwest of the highway corridor, along the canoe routes and hiking trails of Killarney Provincial Park, are the sedimentary rocks that include the white quartzite mountains that have made the park famous." Killarney Provincial Park We were hiking the Granite Ridge Trail in August, 2008 and took these pictures. I had no idea what kinds of mushrooms there were, just that there were a lot, and such variety. This was one hike on one trail! Oh...I wish I could turn back the clock and go gathering!! We made a Powerpoint presentation of our trip and called this section: "Fungal Interlude".
  4. Gillian

    Help ID, it broke through shed floor

    Looks like a species of Pleurotus to me. I've heard that they can get quite invasive indoors.
  5. These very conspicuous fungi are growing in crevices on living trees...both maples I believe. I think they are the same species (maybe not) and obviously perennials. Polypores...very tough/hard, blackened on the tops. They don't have white rims at all, or varnish, like a conk. The first three pics are from one tree, the last three pics (sorry for the last two being so dark) are from a second tree, separated by ~25 miles.
  6. I harvested a bunch of Late Fall Oysters that were covered in snow three days ago! Good Canadian...put them in a Tim Horton's bag, LOL. Yum! Gillian
  7. Gillian

    Can't Find Anything Like It!

    Yes, wonderful find on hikes on the West Coast...always a pleasure to see. I grew up knowing them as Indian Pipe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monotropa_uniflora ETA: We saw some this summer hiking just below treeline in Yoho National Park. They always make me smile.
  8. Gillian

    Tricholoma myomyces?

    I tried to get pictures through my ocular lens...spores and basidia. There are a couple which show the sterigmata really well! My skills need a lot of development though...
  9. Gillian

    Tricholoma myomyces?

    Here's a cross-sectional view...I haven't been able to come up with any Congo Red from the Pathology Dept. I can buy it online but it's $275.00.
  10. Gillian

    Tricholoma myomyces?

    Sorry, I was saying that I thought they might be Tricholomas. I looked at the Mycena griseoviridis but they look more delicate than these. I just got a new microscope and might see if I can look at the spores and gill surface.
  11. Gillian

    Tricholoma myomyces?

    Yes, it does look like that but the stems are all quite thin...7mm or so, no bulbous end. Should I taste it?
  12. Gillian

    Tricholoma myomyces?

    I found ~20 of these growing under a spruce tree yesterday, some in pairs but otherwise singles. Cap is slightly domed, definite grey, dry to the touch. White (or light grey) gills attached to the stem, white (or light grey) stem, no veil, what seem to be white hairs at the base of the stem, and I initially thought some white "pseudo roots". Spore print is white. Virtually no scent. Any thoughts? I initially was thinking Pluteus sp. but not with a white spore print and attached gills.
  13. Gillian

    The Whitewall Tire Polypore, aka ???

    I just cut into it and yes, it smells like anise! Wonderful... Apparently it can yield a purple dye. I'm testing that out now. Thank you Dave!
  14. Out in the forest and found a downed tree, cottonwood or ash, with ~20 of these bright white, biconvex polypores on them, all around the same size, some clustered, some singles. I tried to cut one off (you can see my fingerprints bruising the underside on the top one) with a sharp knife and it was so densely rubbery I could have sworn I was trying to cut through a tire! It squeaked and squeaked as I tried to cut through it. Not woody, not fleshy, just hard rubber. The underside darkened to a grey overnight, and three days later still no spore print either on white or black paper. The light in my shed makes the last 3 pics look tan but it's still quite white. Deep pores. Who is old enough to remember whitewalls?