We made salmonberry jam for the first time last week and it’s delicious. Wanting another couple of jars, I decided to pick some berries along the salmon stream running through the woods near my house. The picking was good – I filled a Nalgene with fresh berries in short order. Along the way I kept an eye out for mushrooms and found some gems.

angel wingsoyster

As for the jam, the berries magically disappeared while I sat on a bench in the front-yard – I guess I need to pick some more!

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Tags: mushroom 

We took advantage of the three day weekend to travel into the Olympics and see the spring runoff of the Dungeness River. The weather was pleasant and wonderfully warm in the sun. We had a picnic along side the river and found numerous flowers and mushrooms along the trailside. A great start to summer.

dungeness rivertrail through the woodstrillium poking through the groundorchid

While we found no morels (we found some growing at Dungeness Spit a couple of weeks ago) we did find what I believe is Discina perlata, Pig's Ear.

pig's ear
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Tags: hiking  river 

Yellow pine cone.


My daughter and I decided on a short walk through the Grand Forest East on Sunday to look for signs of spring. Along the way we found what my daughter is calling a “yellow pine cone” growing under some ferns. I have no idea what this is and haven’t been able to find something similar in either my wildflower or mushroom guides.

yellow pine cone
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