by Brady and Erin Raymond
As the rains begin soaking in and temperatures start to drop don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled this fall for dye mushrooms. We often get so consumed with finding the consumables we forget that mushrooms have other uses too. If you are into cooking and you like crafting, specifically with animal fiber, dyeing with mushrooms may be right up your alley. Here’s a quick run down and if you’re interested check out the links at the end of the post for more info.
Cortanarius smithii, there were at least two species of dye costs found the other being the more orange gilled Cortanarius cinnamomeus grp. There were so many corts found though that you wonder if some other species didn’t make it to the ID table.
by Brady Raymond
photos by Brady Raymond except as noted
The Ben Woo All Sound Foray was a smashing success. Not only did we luck out on the weather there just happened to be mushrooms everywhere. Once turning off highway 410 onto the forest service road our eyes were greeted by mushrooms and lots of them. There were clumps, clusters and collections all waiting to be picked by eager foray attendees trickling their way in throughout the afternoon.
Erin and I arrived a few hours early, we had some things to get around before the dye workshop she was teaching the following day. We checked in at the registration table and to our surprise there had already been found a few Matsutake and some Cortanarius species that Erin would be able to use in her workshop. We were very pleased by what we saw and that giddiness that all of us mushroom hunters know started to set in.
We couldn’t unload the car fast enough, I had never found a Matsutake and I figured my chances were high, especially since we had arrived early, before any competition. We decided to check out the “Longhouse” this building would be home base for specimen ID, the cultivation workshop as well as the dye workshop. The Longhouse was about a five minute walk from our quarters but what could have been walked in five minutes turned into a forty-five minute mushroom extravaganza.
Erin quickly spotted some dye corts then I spotted a few more, and on and on. Erin spotted a Boletus mirabilis, then it was my turn, then another and another. I have never seen so many of these Boletes so close and all in one day. “This should be a fun weekend” I cried and with a bit of a childlike chuckle, “Yeah” Erin responded “Very fun.”
Buck Creek provided us a beautiful backdrop for the weekend. There are a few mushrooms visible in this picture. Can you spot them?