30th Annual Mushroom Show

The Vancouver Mycological Society had their 30th Annual Mushroom
Show at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens on Sunday so we went for a quick look around before it got too crowded. Last year we got there in the middle of the event and you could barely see the table displays due to the crowd that was...well, crowding. This time I could get a closer look, which is nice, especially when you are short.

Mushyshow 

Below is a large tray of coral fungus in a wide range of colours. Always a crowd pleaser them.

Mushies 

And time enough in the afternoon for a painting, inspired by all those changing fall colours in the botanical garden.

Autumnsky

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Mushrooms in Stanley Park

The weather these days are very typical for autumn, one day pouring rain, the next as sunny as can be. We spent the afternoon in Stanley Park, enjoying the aforementioned sun. With all the rain the mushrooms were exploding out of the ground.

Mush

and it took all my restraint not to yell, "Smurfs!" when I saw this nice little collection of Amanitas muscaria.

Amanitas2

Below is a pencil sketch of Beaver Lake in the Park.

Beaverlake

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Bird's Nest Fungus - Revisited

...127..128..129!

Yes, 129 peridioles in this modest sized cup that isBNF_mucous the Bird's Nest Fungus Nidula candida. Too be sure, I found one that seemed particularly full. It was so full, I wondered just how many a cup could hold and then of
course, had to count it (you can't just walk away from something that
intriguing). Please enjoy the portion of  sticky mucous that helps to make for a very adhesive peridiole and yes, it was like cleaning out a large nostril with a Q-tip.

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BNF Happy Moment

Much joy to be had today. I found a whole colony of Bird's Nest Fungus growing close to my house. It's like having my own personal stash of BNF. Previously, I have found only one here and there, found by chance and I agree it is marvy to happen upon something you did not expect to find but knowing there is a cluster of them growing nearby makes me very happy. They were full of their little "eggs" and sitting all industriously around the base of a tree right next to the main trail for all love.

Birdsnest

These little splash cups launch the small "eggs" or peridioles out of the cup when struck by rain drops. The airborne peridiole trails a sticky kite tail behind it called the hapteron which catches on branches or twigs. Once some distance from the parent fungus, the peridiole dries up, splits open and releases spores. Amazing. It makes me happy.

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