Scenes From Ben Woo, 2018

Mushrooms BW 2018

by Brady Raymond

The Ben Woo Foray for 2018 was a nice change of pace from last years foray which featured wet snow and cold temperatures.  This year was warm and sunny, and although a little dry, it was a blast for all who attended.  The mushrooming wasn’t quite what it was like in the first iteration of the foray but specimens were found, identified and generally admired by all who attended.  A variety of mushrooms were found this year, by a count of species, just over two-hundred.  Not bad considering the dry weather.

There were a lot of new faces for the third installment of the Ben Woo Foray as well as some of the more recognizable figures of the club.  Both new and old members came together, many of them volunteering their time to help make this outing the best it could be.

Gomphus sp.

Maple

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Ben Woo All Sound Foray

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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.”

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Buck Creek provided us a beautiful backdrop for the weekend.  There are a few mushrooms visible in this picture.  Can you spot them?

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