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  1. Thank you so much, Dave! It's wonderful to learn what it is.
  2. These don't have a strong smell, I'd say the large gills are notched, and they peel very easily from the cap, they also have a flimsy "fish gill" type of texture. The stem is extremely fibrous, "string cheese" texture -- if your string cheese happens to be very very tough. Although I think these are all the same species, we actually found the first ones growing on a severely rotted white birch log, and the second on a heavily rotted red maple snag. Pretty gregarious growing. Thanks for any ideas!
  3. Thank you so much! Great information. It's so distinct in smell, texture, I'll definitely know it now if I ever see one again.
  4. I've never in-person seen either morels, or the lookalike with rocket fuel compounds. But we found this on the path today where someone left it, and I wondered if it might be the lookalike. Very crisp texture, pleasant mushroom aroma -- I think the stem is hollow although it was folded closed -- velvety surface along the cap's pleats and folds, which have a nice mahogany color. What do you think?
  5. is there anything vaguely similar to this that could be grown in the northeast?
  6. Thank you, Please What. Honestly I would have tried them, if we hadn't found a second "new to us" mushroom at the same time. Tried them carefully of course ... but it'd be worth learning how to tell these two confidently apart here, because brick caps will never show up much in our woods. I do think they look like capnoides too. It's great to be able to bounce this off more experienced foragers.
  7. Thank you very much for your insights, Dave. Will skip the tufts for now. The yellow knights were delicious ... I like your way of consuming them.
  8. mushrooms are heavily winding down here ... well, we have, by far, mostly conifers so there is little chance of finding the broadleaf goodies people do. In early winter you must stretch your mushroom knowledge or go home with empty pockets. Anyhow, here is a hypholoma appearing on a well-rotted spruce stump. Sulphur or capnoides? Unfortunately, I've passed a few definite sulphurs without tasting them. I read they are "extremely bitter," but sometimes locally things are not as bitter as they are in books. This one seems to have some fruits that are a bit large for a true sulphur. the gills appear more "smoke" than greenish, and the taste is not bitter. I did a search online and found many things ID'd seemingly interchangeably between these two. I think there may be some confusion generally about it. Would love some feedback here! And, this is the first year we have found any yellow knights. So far in person I have only seen very young ones. These might be T. equestre also, but they are so mature I can't feel sure they are the same thing. It does seem like T. equestre is coming up a lot in Maine right now. How do they look to you?
  9. what a cool way to print them ... this makes me feel confident we did find a blewit, even though patches were a bit darker. But they have the same kind of pink I think.
  10. Just for fun. We found one of the last lilac corts of the seaon it seemed, they have mostly gone. Did a spore print on the same kind of paper. So here is the likely blewit print again: And here is the lilac cort:
  11. Wonderful info Dave, thank you so much. I dithered on what kind of paper to use for this. I thought aluminum foil might not show the color very well. Maybe coated white paper would be good when you're expecting a pinkish print.
  12. I never ever heard of that technique until this forum, I can't wait to try it out. There's a thread on here somewhere I have bookmarked to read about it. In this case I will have to find another blewit to try that, maybe in five years ... there is a lot of rust in this print, I can believe it doesn't look like a cort, but it would be more reassuring if the color was further away!
  13. ah wow, thanks for the feedback. Well, with one blewit, maybe his spores will take to the yard. 🤞
  14. We have many of the liilac corts here that, somewhere I read, the Russians refer to as "goat stink." They are just beautiful. But on a path yesterday I found the first thing I thought might actually be a blewit. Only one though, sadly. Just enough to spore print. Its irregular cap and short stubby stem seem blewity, but the spore print is a bit dark unfortunately. I need to print a lilac cort in comparison and see if it's rustier. What do you think it might be? I guess I'm leaning cort right now.
  15. Darn, I bet you're right. We did have a big storm go through, lots of rain. I've been trying to enjoy bringing honeys home while avoiding sporing them at home, but it looks like some spores might have slipped through ...
  16. Found in the yard today after a really big rain .... we get a lot of hygrophorus a bit later in the year that I know of, but those have the yellow and charcoal centers (such as "flavodiscus"). So I'm not totally sure about these, but they have a very similar kind of build -- very resilient, fishy flesh, and slimy. Lots of them popping up suddenly under red oak and white pine, in an open area. (Still looking for a way to eat hygrophorus and enjoy it! Does anyone know such a technology?)
  17. Oh really interesting. Thanks for all the feedback. Jeff, I wonder if you are right. Because they were at the same stage of growth on red maples in the same place at the same time (and this area is a bit austere with mushrooms), I leaned toward thinking they were the same, but I definitely see your point. They both smelled very similar, but the first one might be some kind of (very large) "true" oyster and the one with stems might be an elm oyster, or a relative?
  18. Someday I will get the lousy "walking camera" charged, the good camera is at home and doesn't like to go for walks. So here is the mushroom out of its natural place unforunately ... It's a very large gilled mushroom found growing on two live maples in the area. One maple had been severely cut back and this grew near the base. On the other, these grew in a line up the trunk starting about 8' off the ground. Although stemmed it has a pleasant anise scent like you expect from oysters. The gills are sturdy and the cap is dry. I'm not too famliar with this even though it seems to fit the description of ulmarius, what do you think?
  19. Thank you Dave, very happiily these mushrooms were still on the table outside so I was able to get a good sniff. After sitting there for two days they smell like canned tuna left on the counter for 24 hours. Thanks for the ID!
  20. Thank you rbenn! Oh, this is really good information, thanks. Next time I will keep one around long enough to be sure what the final color is. I think it might be green, but ...
  21. From now out I hope to learn to ID more local mushrooms in the families: leccinum ... russula/lactarious aka "white mushrooms" ... and the bicolors and bicolor lookalikes. These are all next-level difficulty families for me Of the course the season is almost over so most of this will be next year I guess! Anyway, here are two white mushrooms from local areas I would like to recognize ... #1. Growing in a group of a dozen or so at the base of spruce and along spruce roots. Not milky, but as you can see the gills turn quickly brown when injured. Dry caps. Gills don't flake "like almonds." (So maybe a trich of some kind?) Smell and taste not distinct. #2. These caps are viscid when young or because of the recent rains. Very viscid. They keep a nice rolled rim until mature. They group in groups of a dozen or so in grassy or more open areas at the edge of the woods. Also not milky. Have a distinct, strong smell which we vairously thought was "candy apple/caramel syrup/maple," mixed with some less nice, industrial smell. This group was growing at the base of cottonwood, white pine and spruce. The gills do flake on this one. #3, I don't have a picture of this one, silly, huh? Maybe someone knows it, though. It's an orange lactarius who grows a kind of green mold pattern on the center of the cap, and bleeds orange latex. The cap rises into a kind of petal formation sometimes, when older. I don't see this often and didn't bring one back in one piece. PS, I think this may be Lactarius deterrimus Thanks for reading!
  22. We had three years' worth of mushrooms this year it seems, and suddenly noticed that these raveneli were just everywhere. Reported as edible in some places, but at least some of our local collections were bitter. I asked some experts about this and nobody knew much about raveneli. Since they grow so generously here, I thought they might be useful dried or handled in some clever way. I have to do more tasting because it doesn't seem like all of them were bitter, even locally. Any experience with raveneli much appreciated! Here is an image (is this yours, Dave??) https://mushroomobserver.org/images/1280/1375366.jpg
  23. thank you so much Dave, hopefully I'll find another and then give it a taste!
  24. It was suggested that this mushroom is Tylopilus felleus. But, it doesn't taste spectacularly bitter. Maybe a little bitter? Not very. And the stem is surprisingly un-bulbous. Is there anything else it might be likely to be? Not too bitter for slugs to like it, it seems! UPDATE ... we cooked it up to see if it would get more bitter. I'd say it did become more bitter, but still not as strong as you might expect. It was a long-lingering bitterness, but not so impressive, as you read, that 'a single one of these can ruin a meal." There are Sarcodons that grow around here that I'd say are at least 10x more bitter!
  25. Found this today, growing singly, in an oak/pine/spruce forest. It's upended my world because I *thought* I knew what local matsus were, which are usually paler than this. But those previous "matsus" never had any smell. I sent pictures to several experts of the earlier, paler ones and they all thought they looked like true matsus -- yet no scent at all. Today, found this guy who is darker like the tricholoma matsu-lookalike, yet he has a sweet cinnamon scent that is *really* distinct. What do you think he might be?
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