The entrance to Pioneer Ridge County Park.
The Pioneer Ridge Nature Center.
Map of the park.
Annette tells us about the park and hands out some maps.
Some Phlebia tremellosa found under a log.
Pachyella clypeata laying flat on a wet log.
Pachyella clypeata spores and acsi throught the microscope at 400X. Notice the blue stained tips in Lugol's solution. 0 to 1 = 24.5 microns.
Armillaria mellea group at the base of a tree.
Annette examines some honey mushrooms.
One of the table full of finds.
Dean and Brett study the collections.
Honey Mushrooms growing from this tree root
An ravine exposing the roots of a double trunked Oak tree had Honey Mushrooms on the exposed roots.
Dean approaches some Inky Caps.
People gather around Dean to learn about fungus as the table of fungus is sorted through.
Cordyceps species dug from a log
Fairy Sparkler, Xylaria tentaculata
Golden Pholiota. Pretty, but considered poisonous.
.Top view of the artist conk mushroom, one of many woody shelf fungi. It can be used as soup stock, and helps build one's immune system. Perhaps its better known use, however, is for making drawings on the underside.
Kaitly creates an artwork on the fungus.
Kaitlyn's finished artwork.
Kaitly takes and picture with Grandma's cell phone
Kaitlyn takes a picture of these Puffballs with grandma's cell phone.
Brett went home with a basket full of Sulfur Shelf. Sulfur Shelf mushroom is also known as Chicken-of-the-Woods as its texture and appearance is similar to the breast meat of chicken when sliced and cooked.
Eyelash Cups. With a magnifying glass or a microscope, it is easy to see the black "eyelashes" that surround these small, flat, red cups.
The black-staining polypore is a large, plain-looking fungus. When it is young and not dried out, if you push your thumb into its underside, that area turns black. This mushroom is not edible.
Kaitlyn and Sharon had a good time at the foray.