Mushrooms of The Sunshine Coast
Meronwood Mycology Centre
This little cutie-pie cauliflower mushroom was sitting right by the path just waiting for us. Mount Elphie.
Shiny happy polypore smiling in the forest. And why not? This Fomitopsis pinicola lives on Mount Elphie – you’d smile too!
Sulfur Tufts as we’ve not seen them – so orange. Hypholoma fasciculate cute but poisonous. Valley of Giants.
Valley of Giants: chanterelles, pines and honeys on the way to BenofDares. Bags heavy with mushrooms. What a day!
Sunshine, red ooze, dramatic colouring and teeth! A rockin’ Phellodon melaleucus on the way to BenofDares.
Happy Anniversary to McDowell’s Mom & Dad and to everyone in the mushroom world kicking off another fall season!
Gem-Studded devil snuffboxes. Reminds McDowell of her punk years. Sex Pistols, studs, snuffboxes… Rock the Casbah
Where are all the mushrooms. Hot weather and no rain. Then Balfour finds the biggest summer chanterelle ever!
McDowell goes into the forest with her hat in her hand and comes out loaded – with chanterelles. And the dogs get their walk.
Summer hedgehogs. How is this possible? All we know is McDowell’s face lights up whenever she’s Hedgehog Dreaming!
May and the Trametes v. is gorgeous. So too are the Mom bear and two teeny tiny cubs we met on the mountain.
Perfection oysters: firm and delicious. Deck dried in the sunshine, and by lava lamp, to rock that ergosterol into vitamin D.
Welcome to winter 2016, winter chanterelles that is! Deelish, give them a nice dry fry and enjoy around the fire. We love winter.
February offers the ever-subtly beautiful Trametes versicolor or turkey tail. Upper Mount Elphinstone.
Latest-in-the-year chanterelle mushroom we’ve found on the Sunshine Coast. 2015 December 27. Joy to the world!
Sweet chanties just keep on giving. Rain brings out these beauties to shine against the green forest background.
These cutie-pie buttons popped up in springtime right near where their red sisters grow in fall. Lower Roberts Creek.
False morels are popping up in cleared forest areas. Cool to look at, toxic unless really, really cooked. Lower Mount Elphie.
Tricky one but McDowell is calling it. Not common, may be rare and she may be incorrect. Mid Mount Elphie.
We’d been looking everywhere, hearing, dreaming about them and Balfour comes through. Lower Roberts Creek.
What beautiful patterns and big teeth you have Hawk Wing. And someone we know loves teeth. Upper Wilson Creek.
McDowell is crazy for teeth. Balfour found the biggest hedgehog we’ve ever seen. Lower Roberts Creek.
Some pooh-pooh them. McDowell doesn’t drink much so she’s always onboard for a honey fest. Cliff Gilker Park. Soames Hill.
Always a sucker for crunchy toppings and shaggy hairdos, McDowell was overjoyed to find these on lower Mount Elphinstone.
Balfour can smell them a mile away. McDowell can eat them! The prize of the forest. Lower Roberts Creek.
Brown velvet cap, lemony-green sponge pores, sturdy reticulated stalks. Who wouldn’t fall in love? Mnt Elphinstone.
You don’t have to be Alice to adore Amanita muscaria. Soma, entheogen, rabbit holes, magical beauties. Mid Roberts Creek.
Yes we do chew on springy coriolus as we forage – and chew and chew… Upper Mount Elphinstone.
Early fall and the chanterelles are calling us. Wake up thinking about foraging, talk about foraging, dream foraging.
Run the trails in April and harvest fresh oyster mushrooms for dinner with friends. Perfect. Cliff Gilker Park.
Fresh wood chips and cleared spaces in spring can inspire these beauties. Downtown Sechelt.