On a late summer day in 2011, Candee and I went for a hike near Bond’s Landing, and we ran into a dazzling array of mushrooms. I think that’s when I began to develop an interest in the subject. Today, we were out volunteering just below the Big Slackwater Project when we came upon an extremely delicate, paper-thin mushroom unlike anything we had seen before.
Fortunately (and unfortunately), Candee has a copy of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms. It’s a great book with lots of excellent pictures, but making any sense of it can be difficult at times. Using categories such as small, delicate, cup-shaped, etc. we filtered our way through dozens of pictures, but the answer was the same every time: No, that’s not it.
Mushrooms are odd in that they’re not like identifying–for example–a species of dogs. I’m not saying that all beagles look alike, but an individual type of mushroom can look wildly different from place-to-place, so here I am…calling all mycologists. Help!