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Tammy Donroe
Boston
I am a freelance writer and mother of two with, apparently, too much time on my hands.
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I found these yellow chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) halfway through a lakeside jog in rural New York in July. I carried them clenched in each hand all the way back like a bouquet of flowers. I also came across their poisonous look-alike, the Jack O'Lantern mushroom, growing in a tight, bright... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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My husband found this young Chicken of the Woods on a wooded trail mid-Cape. This is the white-pored variety, Laetiporus cincinnatus, which usually grows as an orange rosette at the base of trees. Here it grew out of the heartwood of a fallen oak branch and proceeded to envelop any... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) growing from a lichen-covered branch. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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I've been fooled so many times by this mushroom, thinking I've found a tasty King Bolete when, in reality, it's just its bitter-tasting cousin, Tylopilus felleus. The tannish-brown cap and stout stem fit the profile from afar, but closer inspection reveals a dark, net-like pattern on the stem whereas the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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Found this animal skull in the woods earlier this summer. Not sure what it is. A fox? My 14YO son was disappointed I didn't bring it back for him to add to his nature collection (rattlesnake molts, horseshoe crab shells, butterfly wings). Might have been an interesting puzzle to solve. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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I thought this was the famous Reishi polypore (Ganoderma lucidum), but apparently those only grow on deciduous trees. This specimen (Ganoderma tsugae), also called the hemlock varnish shelf, grows on conifers. Indeed, this handsome specimen was spiral-staircasing up a white pine at Mount Misery in June. Both types are reputed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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No morels for me this spring, despite all the rain, just lots and lots of salad-plate-sized platterful mushrooms. But now that it’s July, the chanterelles are popping. Here we can see some baby orange chanterelles (Cantharellus cinnabarinus). My 14YO son spotted two tiny patches in the moss trailside on Snake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Moss Hill: A Mushroom Diary
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Posted Apr 27, 2017 at codeSparrow
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Posted Mar 23, 2017 at codeSparrow
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Posted Feb 1, 2017 at codeSparrow
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Posted Jan 11, 2017 at codeSparrow
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Posted Dec 21, 2016 at codeSparrow
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Posted Dec 14, 2016 at codeSparrow
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Posted Dec 7, 2016 at codeSparrow