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All these photos were taken in this past week, today being Sept. 25/15.  The link below is a good start for mushroom identification, but not complete.

While some mushrooms can be eaten, many are not edible, and some are deadly poisonous, so I leave the experts to dine on them.  It’s simply a real pleasure to find them, photograph them and have the challenge of trying to identify them correctly.

We took a mushroom ID course at Capilano Canyon many years ago, and the one thing I remember is our instructor telling us that BC’s leading mushroom expert died,……….eating mushrooms.  So never eat a wild mushroom unless there is a certified guide eating them first.

Wild mushrooms of BC
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 Bracket fungus – also called ‘Artists Conch.’ IMG_8825IMG_8860 IMG_8809IMG_8690 IMG_8867 LichenIMG_8736 IMG_8744 IMG_8797 Fly Agaric – a deadly AmanitaIMG_8816 IMG_8837 IMG_8734 A Bolete.  Only one of the boletes are considered bad, the rest are highly desirable for the table.

IMG_8743 IMG_8792 IMG_8815 IMG_8835 IMG_8729 IMG_8740 Honey mushrooms grow in profusion on dead wood and most of them are edible, but always check and cross-reference your information with more books and mushroom experts before you try to eat them yourself.



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Turkey Tails are used medicinally all over the world.IMG_8822 IMG_8713 IMG_8737

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A bolete and   IMG_8714 IMG_8739 IMG_8818 IMG_8866                A lichen is a composite organism that emerges from algae or cyanobacteria living among the filaments (hyphae) of the fungi in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship. The fungi benefit from the carbohydrates produced by the algae or cyanobacteria via photosynthesis. The algae or cyanobacteria benefit by being protected from the environment by the filaments of the fungi, which also gather moisture and nutrients from the environment, and (usually) provide an anchor to it. Although some photosynthetic partners in a lichen can survive outside the lichen, the lichen symbiotic association extends the ecological range of both partners, whereby most descriptions of lichen associations describe them as symbiotic. However, while symbiotic, the relationship is probably not mutualistic, since the algae give up a disproportionate amount of their sugars (see below). Both partners gain water and mineral nutrients mainly from the atmosphere, through rain and dust. The fungal partner protects the alga by retaining water, serving as a larger capture area for mineral nutrients and, in some cases, provides minerals obtained from the substrate. If a cyanobacterium is present, as a primary partner or another symbiont in addition to a green alga as in certain tripartite lichens, they can fix atmospheric nitrogen, complementing the activities of the green alga.

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Why Red Alder is called ‘red’.IMG_8568  IMG_8492 IMG_8658 IMG_8622 Lesser DuckweedIMG_8608 IMG_8591 IMG_8573Angel Wings  IMG_8503Turkey Tails IMG_8661 IMG_8626Enchanter’s Nightshade IMG_8594Oyster Mushrooms IMG_8577 IMG_8558 IMG_8534 IMG_8633 IMG_8617 JewelweedIMG_8602 IMG_8586 IMG_8564 Vine MapleIMG_8537 IMG_8491 IMG_8581 IMG_8536IMG_8554Western Toad

My advise:

DON’T EAT ANY OF THESE WILD MUSHROOMS.  Just enjoy their beauty.