Category mushrooms

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Late May Oysters

Today (5/26/17) while we were picking newly sprouted Meadow Mushrooms (Agaricus campestris) in the grasses of a local park, we met Jack Myers and his grandfather (they were fishing for crappie in a nearby pond.) Jack told us he had seen BIG mushrooms sprouting from a cottonwood tree's base, and took us to see. Below is a picture of Jack, Campbell (our dog), Joy, and Jack's grand father. We estimated the Oysters Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) he found weighed about 4 pounds. A very fine find, and he shared them with us. Thank you, Jack.

          Jack Myers finds 4 pounds of Oysters

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Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Joy finds a Golden!

Joy's first Golden Morel

While searching for Black Morels (Morchella elata) along the South Platte, Joy instead finds a very nice Golden (Morchella esculenta). Her big smile may indicate she was kinda excited by her find! She found this beauty on May 24, 2017, which we thought was kinda late sprouting--we usually find Golden in late April or early May. Joy cooked her find of the day in a little butter, and she shared some of it with Crebs. Yes, very delicious t'was!Read More

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Danny Pavlovsky finds THE first Golden Morel!

  In the rain, Danny takes us to his secret morel spot. The Dude knows some of the best spots for Late-April/Early-May sprouting.   Thanx Danny.Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Matsutake Time!

MATSUTAKE TIME above 8500-feet!!! It's Joy's favorite 'shroom, and she gets so excited when looking for "humps" in the duff at the base of Ponderosa Pines--White Matsu's (Tricholoma magnivelare, aka Mutsutake) in Colorado are like truffles in that they often do NOT break the ground surface. Therefore, they're a little harder to find. Because it's now bow-hunting elk, black-powder deer, and soon-to-be bear hunting season season up here, 'shroomers need to be as conspicuous at possible. Here's what Joy is wearing this Matsutake hunting season: Mats1 Note all the red; the bells hanging from her belt, two types of red trowels (long and short), and the whistle hanging from her hat. Yup, Joy is always safety conscious when it comes to dressing up for matsutakes...Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Brainard Lake ‘n’ the King Bolete

Yippee!!! Rocky Mountain King Boletes are sprouting at about 10000 feet! But first a picture of Vuggie and the VW Rabbit at the Brainard Lake Picnic Area: Pawne1 Note the pale Rainbow! The mountain to the right is the glaciated Mt. Audubon (13,223')--an Eocene-Paleocene grano-syenite intrusion (i.e., for you geos, the Audubon-Albion Stock.) Yeah, sexy geology up here. Okay back to the shrooms: Pawne2 Could it be? Gotta look beneath the cap to be sure! YES!!! Pawne3 Oh, what a Happy Camper. It IS the famous Rocky Mountain King Bolete (i.e., the Italians call them "Porcini", the Germans "Steinpilz", aka Boletus edulis!) Yup, old T's favorite shroom--so he smiles big. The many trails around the Pawnee Campground (1.5-hour drive from Denver) were full of many kinds of shrooms...Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Hall Valley Campground

Hall Valley Campground in Pike National Forest is one of our favorites during August as very tasty shrooms can be found nearby. HV6 Hall Valley is an easy 1.3-hour drive from Denver, and we enjoy the scenery and geology of the place too. Joy and our dog Campbell always find Aspen Boletes (Leccinum insigne): HV4 HV8 Last week Joy found some pretty Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) growing on aspen stumps, and they smell so good too. HV3 While old T found chanterelles (Cantharellus ciborium) and Meadow Mushrooms (Agaricus campestris). Meadow and Prince Mushrooms (an earlier post) are better tasting relatives to the white button, portabello, and crimini shrooms you find in the produce section of grocery stores. HV5 HV7 Yup, Hall Valley and surrounding forests are indeed a ...Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Hall Campground ‘n’ the Princes

The PRINCES (Agaricus augustus) are out!! This week while at Hall Valley we found a few, but never enough: Prince1 Campbell (our Westie) and T pose with three Princes on a slope at about 8100' elevation. It's our favorite Agaricus. Prince2 Here's the best one, note the large cap with brown freckles on top, when young it's cap is marshmallow shaped. Prince3 Like all Agaricus the gills are pink when young and turn brown with age; yup Agaricus species are also the button shrooms we buy in the stores. Note the shaggy stem and the ring around the stem, all Agaricus have them. Princes smell like almonds, that's how T recognizes them. Prince4 Joy had never seen one before, so had to study the books to get aquainted. Prince5 Cooked up in olive oil and butter with lots of garlic...Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers – Vuggie ‘n’ Hummers

Fun times Colorado 'shrooming, and with all the Hummingbirds in the mountains we thought we would add a feeder to Vuggie: Hummer1 A Droll Yankees ($15 window-feeder) was on sale at True Value and it has large suction cups, insect/bee guards, and a cleaning brush. A few minutes later: Hummer2 Pretty fun in the Hall Valley Campground, as our feeder was attracting Broadtail Hummers (Selasphorus platycercus) all day. Fellow campers came over and enjoyed with us the Hummer acrobatics and territorial behavior. Will try to post some more shroom pictures maybe tomorrow. Nighty-night, T & JoyRead More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers – Pawnee ‘n’ the Vuggie

Pawnee Campground just west of Ward, Colorado is one of our favorites with Vuggie for the following reasons: Pawnee Site 33 1) Paved asphalt off Highway 92 all the way (+10,500-feet above sea-level); 2) BEAR BOXES (note the brown one left of Vuggie above); 3) nearby lakes (Brainard, Blue, Mitchell) with nice level hikes <3 miles; 4) and, the local flora and fauna! Brainard Local1 Brainard Local2 Thanx to Sue and Michael Ryan of Boulder, fellow Pawnee campers who took the pictures of the MOOSE BULLS* grazing near Brainard Lake, and graciously let us post here. Happy Camping, T & Joy * Like FISH the plural of MOOSE is MOOSE (NOT MEESE). But our favorite "Moose" plural was what our Labrador/Canadian clients call them: "Newfie Speed-bumps"Read More

Adventures of the Boomer ‘Shroomers! – Rocky Mtn. King Bolete

Found these beauties this morning near Webster Pass, Colorado. Yeah I'm a happy Birthday Geezer at 61.

Found these beauties this morning near Webster Pass, Colorado. Yeah I'm a happy Birthday Geezer at 61.

Ah, it's apparently Colorado Monsoon season up here. This morning, towns along the Front Range are flooding, and Interstate 70 got partially blocked by a mudslide near Wolcott Junction. It's been raining all last night and all morning here in Lakewood, and Joy just spotted another leak in my gutters--oh, Joy! Rain gauge in the backyard says 2.7-inches since yesterday. The veggie gardens, trees, and grasses are loving it after all the +90°F temperatures. High today forecast in the mid-60's--yeah, as old Colorado Boomers like us tend to wilt when temps hit 85°...Read More