This Sunday, Catherine Scott, Mike Boers, Tanya Stemberger and I went out to Lynn Canyon, to take in some of the fungal delights of mid-fall. I used to be a much more avid mushroomer than I have been recently, so it was great to get out and exercise my rusty ID skills.Here are some of the things we saw!
Catherine looks amazed that Tanya is going to live-tweet our fungal expedition.
This is the cheaper version of the Capilano suspension bridge.
Here is a very pretty Lactarius.
Lactarius bleeding its “milk”.
Here is a chopper employed by North Shore Search and Rescue, combing the river for a missing hiker. With wilderness at your doorstep, as in Vancouver, these types of things happen frequently.
Ground-based searchers examine the river.
Mike gets overtaken by a man with a musclebound dog who pulled him up the slope. This is really the best way to hike!
Something so calming about looking at these trees on a fall day.
A luridly orange patch of witch’s butter on a fallen log.
Here is a fungus gnat on what might be a Mycena.
Newly growing caps of what may be Naematoloma.
An Elfin Saddle! This is Helvella lacunosa (or something similar), a species I used to pick and eat quite a bit.
Mushrooms are challenging subjects…I hope to get a chance to do more serious photography of them one day.
Since Tanya had yet to see a salamander, I uncovered this Ensatina for her to examine. As expected, this was a big hit. Ensatinas are probably the cutest of BC amphibians.
Catherine and Tanya examining the salamander, Catherine looks spooked, but this is normal (and has nothing to do with the Ensatina).