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A Trip Down Memory Lane....Mushroom Heaven

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"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".

 

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Awesome collage of colors.  Killarney is awesome but be careful as its illegal to pick mushrooms in our parks.  Not saying you were picking, just letting you know.  Thanks for the warm photos on this cold Sunday!

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Quite an array of fungi... Amanita, Lycoperdon, Hygrocybe, Ganoderma, Suillus, Ramaria, Clavulina, Hydnellum, Coprinellus, Gymnopilus, Russula, Leotia, and the non-fungal species of Monotropa... but not necessarily in this order. 

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9 hours ago, troutddicted said:

Awesome collage of colors.  Killarney is awesome but be careful as its illegal to pick mushrooms in our parks.  Not saying you were picking, just letting you know.  Thanks for the warm photos on this cold Sunday!

Rest assured no picking, just photographs. Killarney is my favourite park in Ontario...we've visited many times. Canoeing, hiking, camping....love it!

7 hours ago, Dave W said:

Quite an array of fungi... Amanita, Lycoperdon, Hygrocybe, Ganoderma, Suillus, Ramaria, Clavulina, Hydnellum, Coprinellus, Gymnopilus, Russula, Leotia, and the non-fungal species of Monotropa... but not necessarily in this order. 

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).

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Just giving ya a heads, don't mean to be a Grinch or anything.  It would suck to get a ticket for 150$ for unlawful collecting of mushrooms ;)  If a couple accidentally fall into your pocket, hey stuff happens, ain't a crime if ya don't get caught 😯

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WHAT! a mushroom falls in your pocket? I carry a firearm, with a dog, most of the fall and it's seldom I see a conservation officer. If one was to "accidentally" have a fruiting body (much like a tree fruit) fall into ones pocket I don't feel the ecosystem would be disturbed 😁

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