East Bay Thanksgiving Fungi, Dryness on the Peninsula

Late post, but I did some fairly fruitful fungal exploring in the East Bay over the Thanksgiving weekend. Deathcaps were blooming everywhere, especially in Anthony Chabot, and I found what I think was my first East Bay Stropharia. I was also trying to pay more attention to the lichens, especially in Huckleberry, where there seems to be a great diversity growing on the oaks and manzanitas along the higher trails. Still at the very beginning of learning anything about lichens though.

Went across the bay to El Corte Madera and Wunderlich on Sunday, figuring if the East Bay was fairly wet, the peninsula should be soaking. So wrong. Both were bone dry, with very little in the way of fungi. El Corte Madera had some beautiful, huge tanoak stands that seemed perfect for a variety of fungi, but it was so dry there wasn't really much in profusion. We did manage to find garlic mushrooms, though, which was a treat. Their smell is so intense! Wunderlich was even sparser, mostly just old deathcaps.

Publicado el domingo, 06 de diciembre de 2009 a las 02:10 AM por kueda kueda

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Salamandra Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

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kueda

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Noviembre 27, 2009

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One little guy under a log. Didn't snap a pic.

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Metorito de California (Microtus californicus)

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kueda

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Noviembre 27, 2009 a las 01:50 PM PST

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I fear this vole is not long for this world. For some reason it just sat there as I got closer and closer. Pretty soon it's gonna be an owl pellet.

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kueda

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Noviembre 27, 2009 a las 02:10 PM PST

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I got a big book on lichens. We'll see how far I get on this one. Next time I need to bring a hand lens.

Well, the key wasn't terribly useful, but this seems like the right one. Definitely looks a lot like the greener specimens I've seen in photographs.

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kueda

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Noviembre 27, 2009 a las 01:54 PM PST

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B. truncatus is the other possibility, as far as I can tell, and this definitely didn't have an immediate blue-staining reaction like that species is supposed to.

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kueda

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Noviembre 29, 2009 a las 01:07 PM PST

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Kei was taking pics of some sulphur tufts when she said, "I think I might be crazy but I smell garlic." A bit of rooting around in the leaf litter and sure enough, we found the garlic mushrooms! They really are incredibly pungent.

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Matacandil (Coprinus comatus)

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kueda

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Noviembre 29, 2009 a las 11:42 AM PST

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One of a couple we found. Charming mushrooms.

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kueda

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Noviembre 28, 2009 a las 04:17 PM PST

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First East Bay Stropharia for me!

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kueda

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Noviembre 29, 2009 a las 12:10 PM PST

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Very beautiful black mushrooms, growing under tanoak in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve in San Mateo county, CA, USA. Lens cap is 5.5 cm in diameter.

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Hongo de la Muerte (Amanita phalloides)

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kueda

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Noviembre 28, 2009 a las 04:32 PM PST

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Althought they're an odd color, I believe these are deathcaps. These were probably the most abundant mushroom blooming in Anthony Chabot, or perhaps anywhere, this weekend

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