Even more December oysters, plus honeys, puffballs, and more

AMF reader Horace Sheffield sent in some pictures today from south of the Page Springs area in the Verde Valley, showing another big fruiting of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus or P. pulmonarius) … Continue reading

Warm December rains produce late oyster mushrooms

Brian Marshall just sent a report from Flagstaff, where this week’s warm, heavy rains have produced a rare December fruiting of oyster mushrooms.  He was mountain biking around 8200 feet … Continue reading

A “Virtual Foray” for fire morels

Morels on the San Juan fire

I’ve just returned from the San Juan burn in the White Mountains, where a large fruiting of fire morels is under way. We collected enormous quantities, but left much larger stashes of … Continue reading

Fire morels cap off the fine 2014 late season

Slide Fire Morels

The mushroom season in Arizona has lingered rather late in 2014, with persistent monsoon rains and relatively warm weather. Plenty of bragging photographs of good edibles are still being posted in our Facebook … Continue reading

Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

Lightning bolt over Pritzerbe, Germany

De tuberibus haec traduntur peculiariter: Cum fuerint imbres autumnales, ac tonitrua crebra, tune nasci, & maxime e tonitribus. [Pliny the Elder, Hist. Nat., Bk 19:37] (If the air is troubled … Continue reading

Looking back at the big storm, and ahead to season’s end

Hurricane Norbert is now history, and the rains it brought will likely usher in the final flush of the season.

Oyster Mushrooms in the White Mountains 7-19-2014

Last Saturday, July 19, I decided to head back to the White Mountains to see if another week of intermittent storms had made any difference since my empty-handed scouting foray … Continue reading

FR249 between Big Lake and Alpine is being paved

Along FR249 with the Arizona Mushroom Club

According to Arizona Highways magazine, Forest Road 249 between Big Lake and Alpine is now being paved.  You may recall that one of the Arizona Mushroom Club’s forays last summer was along … Continue reading

San Juan and Slide fire closures

San Juan fire jack pines

Last weekend I had the chance to drive out FR 117 and FR 61, past Greens Peak in the vicinity of Pancho Spring, and see the damage wrought by the … Continue reading