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Richard Powell
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Attended University of Victoria
Lives in Nanaimo, BC
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Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis
Yesterday I saw a variety of interesting mushrooms, including a beautiful specimen of what I believe is Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis.
Yesterday I saw a variety of interesting mushrooms, including a beautiful specimen of what I believe is Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis. ...
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Golden Chanterelles are out Near Campbell River
Spent an enjoyable day wandering through some mushroom patches I scoped out two years ago in the Sayward Forest near Campbell River. Found lots of Golden Chanterelles at all stages of development, so I would say we are early to mid season on the North Islan...
Spent an enjoyable day wandering through some mushroom patches I scoped out two years ago in the Sayward Forest near Campbell River. Found l...
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The White and the Blue
I've seen blue mould on mushrooms over the years and generally I just leave them in the field to do their thing, i.e. reduce the mushroom to a dead dark lump. But I heard from a mushrooming veteran that the blue moulds are only skin deep, so you can cut awa...
I've seen blue mould on mushrooms over the years and generally I just leave them in the field to do their thing, i.e. reduce the mushroom to...
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The Secret to Delicioius Chanterelle Mushrooms
I remember the first time I tasted a wild mushroom. It was a Giant Puffball that my father had rescued from us children. "Oh, hold on!" my dad called, and something in the tone in his voice made us stop. Someone, not me, one of the other kids I'm sure, was ...
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Matsutake
The Matsutake here on Vancouver Island is the Tricholoma magnivelare. It is most often confused with Tricholoma caligatum and Catathelasma ventricosum. Caligatum is bitter and odorless, and ventricosum has gills that run down the stem. The only non-edible m...
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Still Nothing in Nanaimo, but Up-Island it is Well in to the Season
I drove today to a spot near Port Alberni that I have been speculating about for some time. This was a new area so I had no idea what I would find. Within a few minutes hiking I found many bleeding milk cap ( Lactarius rubrilacteus) and then a patch of Gold...
I drove today to a spot near Port Alberni that I have been speculating about for some time. This was a new area so I had no idea what I would find. Within a few minutes hiking I found many bleeding milk cap (Lactarius rubrilacteus) and then a patch of Golden Chanterelles, and some Hedghogs.
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First Pines Near Nanimo
Same forest near Nanaimo, very large and waterlogged White Chanterelles, Firm and no bugs on the Red Juice Milky Caps, and lots of Elfin Saddle. First two Hedghogs I've found near Nanaimo this year. The one White Chanterelle that I brought home. Even when t...
Same forest near Nanaimo, very large and waterlogged White Chanterelles, Firm and no bugs on the Red Juice Milky Caps, and lots of Elfin Sad...
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Last of the Whites for 2016
Spent a pleasant day yesterday wandering through the local forest where I've been picking White Chanterelles all summer, to find most of them now too mushy for keeping -- but I did find a few keepers. No Goldens yet, in that patch of woods. Heading up Islan...
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Informative Article on Cooking Store Bought Mushrooms
This article by Lauren Hudgins  is an excellent introduction to mushrooms that can frequently be found in the suppermarket, including some wild foraged ones. http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/06/mushroom-shopping-guide.html
This article by Lauren Hudgins is an excellent introduction to mushrooms that can frequently be found in the suppermarket, including some wild foraged ones. 20150527-mushroom-guide-vicky-wasik-13.jpg http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/06/mushroom-shopping-guide.html ...
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Large Fluted Black Elfin Saddle and a Sweet Patch of Sweet Tooth
It is hard to believe that I could love the Sayward Forest, just north of Campbell River, any more than I already do. I've been enjoying it from the canoe for years, and over those years I have gazed at certian forests thinking, "I'll have to come back here...
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Matsutake and it's Look-a-Likes
Spend a little time browsing online mushroom forums and you discover that some people are very apprehensive about picking Pine Mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivelare) because they are not easy to distinguish from the plethora of other large white mushrooms found...
Spend a little time browsing online mushroom forums and you discover that some people are very apprehensive about picking Pine Mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivelare) because they are not easy to distinguish from the plethora of other large white mushrooms found on Vancouver Island and other ...
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Just came across this modest and uncluttered but extremely helpful site about easy to identify edible mushrooms in BC. Truly capital. I will have to add it to my links sidebar... http://northernbushcraft.com/mushrooms/index.htm
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  • Island Crisis Care Society
    Manager of Policy and Publications, 2001 - present
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Nanaimo, BC
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Nelson, BC - Prince Albert - Victoria
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I am interested in nature, beauty, and meaning. For more see my Longer Profile.

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Two Books: Wabi Sabi Simple and Wabi Sabi for Writers
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  • University of Victoria
    Psychology, 1986 - 1988
  • David Thompson Univ
    Writing, 1983 - 1985
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Richard R. Powell