Saturday, October 17, 2009

The redtops are here.

Finally, enough rain has fallen to goad the Amanita muscaria mycelia into producing their fruiting bodies, i.e., their mushrooms. This variable and very widespread species here associates with paper birch and grows very large (sometimes almost dinner-plate) and very red. In other localities it is smaller, and more yellow or orange.

It's hard to find a fairy-perfect, intact one; they get nibbled by squirrels and grazed by slugs, despite being toxic to some degree. What I wrote about them last year, a bit earlier in the season.

9 comments:

Victoria said...

Love your pictures - it does indeed look like a fairy forest. I haven't been home in Vancouver outside of summer in many years... I am glad to be able to see it vicariously through your blog!

Hugh said...

Thanks, Victoria. I do the same thing. I'm an easterner who married a BCian and now live here, but read blogs from eastern N Am to find out what's happening back home.

randomtruth said...

Wow - those are striking. Red mushies are much less common around here - I've only seen them a few times. Looking forward to the season starting though - they make great subjects!

Hugh said...

RT: Good luck on your mushie-hunts. I'm looking forward to more too. They are such photogenic things.

Dave Ingram said...

We're still waiting for the arrival of the amanitas here on Vancouver Island. We did see two today while out for a walk but they were decidedly past it. Have you got out to Minnekhada this fall yet? Seems to me I remember some devilish species out there!

Arati said...

ooh im envious! ive only seen two colours on a mushroom here - white and brown. (ok maybe a really dull purple/brown as well)

Karen said...

Never seen these (outside of my daughter's fairy books, that is) - are they poisonous to humans? Squirrels, they have to go and ruin everything, don't they?!

Hugh said...

They are poisonous to humans, but the toxicity varies from place to place. Some people try to get high from them. Not a good choice.

spinyurchin said...

Five words:

Vancouver Mycological Society Mushroom Show

Oh, Oct. 25th.

Seven, seven words. Eight if you include my "oh". Okay, so eight words.