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  1. I believe I have found some oyster mushrooms, I was again floating the river and noticed these growing out of a tree on the bank. No stems, and the gills ran all the way to the base.
  2. Hi y'all... I'm new around here. We moved to our property late last year in Northern Michigan, so we have very limited knowledge about what grows here and what doesn't. Found this dead branch (very likely an aspen, I think quaking) on the ground yesterday with clusters coming up mainly between the dirt and the branch. Came back today and the size of the mushrooms did not appear to increase in size. Feels slightly slick/slimy... but that may be because they are pretty damp (lots of rain and cool weather lately). Largest cap: ~2-2.5" x 1.25-1.5" Thickness (or thinness): ~.25" Spore print: i'm guessing tan / buff / brown I'd call the gills close, tan to brown cap, pale to buff gills, pleasant mushroomy scent. I've never picked or consumed an oyster mushroom before. I would think it'd be a bit thicker if it is an oyster. I was thinking Aspen Oyster, but the thinness and the brown cap is throwing me off. Your wisdom is appreciated!
  3. Found in Vermont. Located on a dead tree, but did not identify the kind.
  4. My first time trying to ID oyster-like mushrooms. Both sets were on downed hardware trunks (probably oak) the first ones (pics 1-6) have all white caps, some of the slightly older ones seems to have a slightly yellow-green-brown edge color. The second set (pics 7-10) seem very similar to me but some of them have light brown caps. I thought these would be P ostreatus (ie, oysters) but the gills seem pretty crowded and almost all caps are white. There's definitely short stalks on both sets. Both sets smell pretty similar to me - kind of lightly fishy, maybe anise too. Getting a spore print now. Think these are oysters?
  5. So coming back home I found a small amount of mycelium growing on the agar solution for elm Oyster, blue Oyster, and wild shaggy manes. I also got good prints of the king Oyster and fall Oyster. I have a liter of spore solution for shaggy manes left, so if it colonizes well, I may have to focus on the shaggy manes. However I'm not sure if I should be disappointed or if something is wrong. I had a lovely chainsaw day and got oak sawdust, sterilized it, and was hoping to start elm oyster and shiitake, but there appears to be nothing happening after 5 days on the elm oyster, an three days on the shiitake. I sterilized the medium. Cooled it, bagged it, and added the spores from a print on paper (mixed in shredded paper). The bags have an air vent, are at room temp in the dark. Don't appear to be accumulating water at the bottom. Am I doing something wrong? The spores in Agar are from the same batch except the elm oyster spores on glass and was added with distilled water to carry.
  6. Hello folks! I'm a lucky newbie to wild mushroom forging. I've posted some pictures on the facebook sites, so apologize for double post, but just wanted to share some pictures of a recent find and some background information. For the last few years I've had shitake logs that have produced some, about 30 this fall, which was the largest harvest yet. After a heavy period of rain this past spring and then again in the fall, a mushroom explosion in our back 1 acre forest got me thinking hard about forging in the wild. We've been in the self suffiency mindset for a few years now and this hobby is a natural progression towards that goal. Anyhow, the first trip to a local park in Oct did not net anything other than some experience picking out mushrooms from distance. I was most amazed at how many there were if you just looked at the ground closely. The second trip was one of the most amazing experiences that led to this ephipany that free wild food in the form of mushrooms is as easy as a Sunday walk in the woods. As I walked down the trail a few white clusters caught my eye. Now my shitake logs grew something similar that must have been a mixed up plug of hericium erinaceus, so the heart started beating harder and sure enough, my first legit wild mushrooms, two lions mane about six inches in diameter. An hour later while making the turn around a large oak, two clusters of mushrooms were grown at the base. Sure enough, two 5 lb clusters of maitake. With a basket more than full, I left complelely euphoric. Since, I've been back a few times and idenfified a couple of down trees with oysters, but after a cold Oct and Nov, pretty much figured mushrooms would not be back until spring until last week when my new mushroom id book spoke about oysters being one of the few that flush during warmer winter periods. The next day by chance I was walking our fence line trying to find where our dogs broke through the fence and low and behold, a small fresh cluster of oysters. I just had to go back to see if some of the trees from Oct were producing. Here are some pictures prove that even after some really cold weeks of weather, you can find oyster mushrooms in NC during the colder months of the year. These were two weeks ago... went yesterday (Dec 22) and found a couple more like this producing. Charger the mushroom dog showing off his find :-)
  7. I believe these are oyster mushrooms however I would just like a second opinion. I have been waiting on these, yet somehow I caught them a day or two late so I wanna hurry up and cut them. Fungus gnats have already attacked one patch. I have eaten these before and am still alive a year later. They do not have as good a flavour as the store bought ones. but are certainly palatable. But I just feel better with someone else in agreement with my ID. The single mushroom with the top and bottom view is on a seperate tree and looks to be closer to the store variety. I will add, these are growing on dead alder under cedar trees which provide shade. Western Washington State.
  8. Hey guys, Went out on a hike today and found the following. I'm pretty sure I know what the first two are, but I just want to make sure I'm not a victim of wishful thinking. I'm guessing these are pleurotus ostreatus, or something very similar? The sporeprint, from what has collected so far, looks pure white. My sense of smell is dull, but from what I can tell is does have a pleasant odor. Fomitopsis pinicola? These guys were all over the place today. This was a weird, soft, 'chalky' polypore I found growing on an erect dead tree. It easily crumbles in my fingers when I press it. Not much of an odor. Thanks for your thoughts in advance. P.S. - I realized that I forgot to lower the quality on the last pics I posted, so I hope the large files didn't bog down the thread too much.
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