Salt Point, November 2009

Went up to Salt Point with Arch and Collin last weekend, and camped there for the first time. It kind of takes a long time to get up there, and day trips have always seemed like a bit much. I think camping is definitely the way to go.

I got up there Saturday afternoon, and was immediately greeted by a horde of foragers participating in a SOMA foray. Doh. Luckily they were finishing up, meaning even if I wasn't going to find any edibles, at least I'd have some solitude. Since I knew my friends weren't going to join me until the evening, I decided to do some bushwhacking and investigate some of the areas I usually check later in the season. I eventually found myself in the middle of a seemingly inescapable huckleberry patch, crawling around on my hands and knees hoping to find some kind of clearing. In the process, though, I found one porcini and one Leccinum manzanitae, a new bolete for me! I totally thought it was another porcini that was just kind of "dirty," but in fact the dull red cap and dark ridges on the stem mean Leccinum. Now I know. Also tons and tons of Amanita, Gomphus floccosus, and plenty of things I couldn't recognize.

Camping at Gerstle Cove was quite nice. I'd say the campground was 1/3 full, so no problem with crowding. It was fairly cold, but a warm fire and a decent sleeping bag took care of that. The next day I set off with Arch and Collin up the North Trail, where we had decent success with edibles, despite meeting some tight-lipped Russians with buckets full of mushrooms who told us all the mushrooms were gone and that we shouldn't bother (we met some friendlier Russians later who showed us their baskets). We also found all manner of interesting non-edibles, many that I hadn't seen before!

All in all, it was a beautiful afternoon to spend strolling around the woods. We stopped by the Sizzling Tandoor in Jenner on the way back, because Arch thought the name was hilarious. Their fare's most salient characteristic was its warmth. It also has a spectacular view of the Russian River.

Posted by kueda kueda, November 25, 2009 07:40 AM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Pig's Ears (Gomphus clavatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 12:56 PM PST

Description

A new Gomphus for me! Collin found these near some readwoods. The books says they're tasty but usually filled with maggots. It wasn't wrong about the latter, so I opted out of testing the former. Very pretty, though.

Photos / Sounds

What

Scaly Chanterelle (Turbinellus floccosus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 2009

Description

Gomphus floccosus was blooming in abundance! It's not edible, and apparently not even closely related to the true chanterelles (or so the Intarwebs tell me), but it is nevertheless an impressive sight to behold.

Photos / Sounds

What

Manzanita Bolete (Leccinum manzanitae)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 21, 2009 02:56 PM PST

Description

I was under the impression this was Boletus edulis (or maybe B. aereus, given that it was under tanoak), but now I'm starting to think that "dirtiness" on teh stem is actually the "scabers" of Leccinum. This isn't the best pic, but you can sort of see how they are elevated on the sides. I didn't notice any particular staining when I was cutting it (thought you can see some blue-grey blush here), it did turn very dark after drying.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

November 2009

Description

I love blue mushrooms. These were new to me! Sort of like a bolete except... not.

Photos / Sounds

What

Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:44 PM PST

Description

Not a great pic, but it shows the noticeable overhang of the male ensatina's upper lip.

Photos / Sounds

What

Toothed Jelly Fungus (Pseudohydnum gelatinosum)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:05 PM PST

Description

Yay! Always wanted to find this. Such an odd little fungus.

Photos / Sounds

What

Coral Fungi (Genus Ramaria)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:18 PM PST

Description

Again, assuming Ramaria, given the size (> 10 cm), fleshiness, and branching.

Photos / Sounds

What

Coral Fungi (Genus Ramaria)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:13 PM PST

Description

I think it's another Ramaria

Photos / Sounds

What

Ladder Lichen (Cladonia verticillata)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 02:22 PM PST

Description

So weird!

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