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  1. You're right Dave that the base looks much more like A. Praecox. The Amanita Studies website says you can have the "limbus internus", (which I'm not sure is the actual partial veil or part of the volva), make a ring-like formation on the stem. Here are some other pictures of A. praecox with a ring such as Sunny_One found: http://www.mycoquebec.org/bas.php?trie=A&l=l&nom=Amanita%20praecox%20Y.%20Lamoureux%20nom.%20prov.%20/%20Amanite%20pr%C3%A9coce&tag=Amanita%20praecox&gro=%2013 The white one is a mystery, and likely will remain so. I forgot to check in my books while at home yesterday. Question: Was the spore print really "Pink" as in flesh coloured? Or was it more white,just tinged with pink? Colours are hard to describe with words!
  2. As Dave wrote earlier, we often get an early flush around this time, and then another later in August. I think the earliest I've ever found them was late June. It has been hot and rainy. The bolets/amanitas/russulas love the humid weather. I should get out looking too! Good Luck.
  3. If those little white ones WERE growing on buried wood, they could be a Pluteus. The gills appear to be free. Regarding the Amanita, the margin appears to be lightly lined? A. citrina should not be lined while A. praecox should be. However, A. praecox doesn't have a partial veil and so shouldn't have a nice ring on the stem (although you often get bits of the outer veil clinging to the stalk). I would hazard a guess that it is one of these two, but I don't know which. The cap colour seems to be closer to A. praecox. Maybe A. russuloides?
  4. Wow, just the colour of the cap in the first picture makes me hungry!
  5. Here in Ontario I find them often under Norway Spruce. This tree is not native to Canada, but as Dave said, it is often planted on lawns. Also, if you see spruce plantations, always worth checking out. 20 foot spruces with a nice mossy carpet that you just want to lay down on. These are the spots where you can win the Edulus lottery. Actually, I've noticed that these same plantations the have Edulis, often have A. muscaria and Aborted Entoloma growing there too. So if you are scouting a plantation, and there are lots of these other species, it's definitely worth checking again at a later time.
  6. Mushrooms of Ontario & Eastern Canada by George Barron is a nice beginners book. Despite the title, nearly all the mushrooms would be found in your area too. (Actually, just looked on amazon, and the identical book has been published under the title Mushrooms of Northeast North America) Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. A must have. Although concentrating on California mushrooms, there is so much to learn from this book...It is so chalk full of background information. The keys are still very useful for Northeast regions and all of the common species are in there. The organization of the book makes it very easy to use, despite being so comprehensive. The introductory sections are very informative, and the author has a great sense of humor. Much of my initial enthusiasm for mushrooming came from this book, and I am probably not the only one! The Mushrooms of Northeast North America by Bessette has lots of species, but the pictures are not with the descriptions and the keys are virtually useless. I would not recommend this one. It is too buiky to bring in the field. A Field Guide to Mushrooms by McKnight is a nice guide too. Underrated, IMO. a lot of species but small enough to bring in the field. The book by Rogers is pretty good too, lots of species. but again bulky with no keys. Lots of Cortinarius and Russula in this one. Hope that helps. (Seriously, Mushrooms Demystified is worth it. Less than $20 here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0898150094/ref=nosim/addallbooksearch)
  7. Alright! They should be here in Ottawa too. No more excuses, I got to get out hunting this weekend. On the other hand, the trout fishing has been VERY good these past weeks. Lots of brookies and last weekend, my kids and I tipped the canoe trying to get a fairly big Lake trout into the boat (we forgot the net). It was a cold long swim towing the half sunk canoe to shore with my kids inside while my youngest son cried the whole way. Lost two rods, but my oldest managed to hang on to the one with the fish! Woot! Yeah, morel hunting will be safer. Less chance of ending up in frigid waters. A lot of black flies these past days however...
  8. I haven't found any Morels yet, but only have been out looking twice. However, I am going to Algonquin Park this weekend! Hopefully it will be a competition between the speckled trout (brook trout) on the lake, and morels in the woods! I'll let you guys know...
  9. Anam, these mushrooms are actually quite easy to grow. However, once mature, the gills and cap quickly turn to a black "ink". It is the mushroom itself that releases an enzyme which essentially digests its own flesh. This is a method to increase spore propagation. In these mushrooms the gills are very closely packed together, and when it starts turning "inky", the cap rolls back, spreading out the gills, allowing the spore to be convected away by air currents. Disadvantage, spore dispersion only last a day or two (the change to ink happens quite rapidly). Advantage, having many more gills means higher production of spores. As this is a common mushrooms, I assume this unique evolutionary trait is a good one! So, to go back to your initial question, no, we don't ever see these in stores (at least I haven't), because they turn inky so fast, they would be spoiled before making it to market. When you find them, you generally need to eat them the same day. That's usually not a problem because they are very good to eat!
  10. Mary, is that blue Entoloma the same one as in your "avatar"? Thanks for the photos, we're a long way off from finding fall mushrooms....oh, I can't wait! I always find the spring to be a bit of a tease. I've never found a red A. muscaria. Only the yellow ones.
  11. Ramps? That's the first time I've heard it called that. We call it wild garlic. The name doesn't affect the taste, however! I just realized I don't know where to find it here. Our last house had a local Sugar Maple forest literally bursting with it; I've been taking it for granted.
  12. Thanks, Dave. Yes I was referring to Scleroderma. I just looked into it, and we do get Calvatia cyathiformis here in Quebec, although it is referred to as "very rare".
  13. Actually, I'm just coming off of a 5 year spell where I haven't found any Morels. None....Nada.... I was living just across the Canadian border with New Hamshire. I gave up looking after 2 or 3 years. Lots of other fungi, mind you, just not Morchella. But recently I moved back to Ottawa! I had a few spots that were good for yellows 6 years ago, before I moved away. I will soon see if they are still good.
  14. 5 years ago? I don't even have any dried morels left from last year. Will this work with dried store-bought?
  15. This is a bit of an old thread, but, aren't the "purple spored" puffballs non-edible? Plus they become purple fairly quickly; I don't know if I've ever found one that was perfectly white inside, unless just a wee baby.
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