November, 2013

"Boletus mirabilis" by Yevgeny Nyden

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Date: October 13, 2013
Camera: SAMSUNG SGH-M919
ISO Speed: 1000
Exposure: 0.07 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Flash Used: No
Boletus mirabilis, commonly known as the admirable bolete, the bragger's bolete, and the velvet top, is an edible species of fungus in the Boletaceae mushroom family. Wikipedia
I took this photo in the Olympic National Park, Washington when I was visiting the Puget Sound Wild Mushroom Show.

Fungus Fair Vendors - 2013

Please visit our 2013 Fungus Fair Vendors!

Vendors in Room 4

  • Fungi Magazine
  • Far West Fungi
  • Loren Washburn/Mushroom Dyed Fabrics
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    Kids Room - 2013

    Kid's Room activities include mushroom silk dyeing, clay sculpting, face painting, button art, even a treasure hunt! In fact, this room full of wonder also has examples of the different kinds of mushrooms that grow in the Bay Area, with someone to help explain what they are. Fun and education for the whole family.

    Taste, touch and smell—kids love to use their senses to discover many of the varieties of mushrooms we have displayed in the Kid’s Room...

    Program Schedule - 2013

    The Fungus Fair has two main speaking venues: the main room (Room 3) is where you'll find our headliners and cooking demonstrations. Entry passes to the main room will be available outside the room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation. A smaller lecture room (Room 1) down the hall has informative and educational talks about mushrooms, given by local, knowledgeable mycologists. The schedule for these rooms is listed below...

    Lawn Agaricus (by Bob Sellers)

    Mushroom of the Month: November, 2013

    Agaricus californicus by Debbie Viess This month’s featured species turns up in the plastic bags of people attending the Fungus Fair perhaps more than any other fleshy fungus. Invariably, hordes of people will be lined up at the mushroom ID table with bags containing fresh to soggy specimens of Agaricus mushrooms they found “growing in my lawn. Are these edible? Will they poison my dog, cat, kids?”

    Galerina autumnalis, aka “The Deadly Galerina” (by Douglas Smith)

    Mushroom of the Month: October, 2013

    G.autumnalis.MO_DouglasSmith.jpg This month we take a look at a little brown job, that is dear to my heart but probably not to most of yours. Galerina autumnalis is a small brown job, growing on well rotten logs and stumps during wet months. And as a small brown job, why do people care at all here, since for most people those are the mushrooms you do best to ignore? This species has been shown to contain the same toxins as that of Amanita phalloides, a.k.a. “the Death Cap”. That species has been associated with the most cases of deadly poisonings around the world. But in the case of G. autumnalis since it is a LBJ (little brown job), it is rarely the case of mushroom poisonings, since who wants to eat LBJs anyway? But it comes up positive in tests for amanita-toxins, and in lists of poisonous mushrooms it always makes the cut. And people are always fascinated with deadly things, now, aren't they?