Mushroom Foray on Goose Creek a Success!

Student Conservation Association group stationed at Dragon's Tooth

I like this place best when I know it as something not merely for my own enjoyment. I love to be able to walk our trails and sit on our porches with people who share in that enjoyment with me, and particularly when they are attuned to the natural setting here and see it as particular and distinct trees, wildflowers, ferns, birds and this weekend–mushrooms!

Eight members of the Student Conservation Association and a half-dozen from the NRV Mushroom Club defied the weather-odds for a mushroom foray out here at the end of three very dry weeks. And against those odds, we found some 15 species of mushroom (the taxonomic list to come shortly) and back along Nameless Creek and then later, sitting in the shade of the maples and the side porch, we were really not uncomfortable.

Thanks to Becky Rader (holding the “Old Man of the Woods” mushroom)– of the NRV Mushroom Club, for bringing the group out to Goose Creek.

The students from across the country are currently stationed in Giles County and will be working on Dragon’s Tooth Trail for the next several weeks.

I especially like the multiple shadows this spider casts

As usual, I had a hard time keeping my focus just on fungi, and had to snap this funnel-web spider who lived just above a nice rotten log full of Oyster Mushrooms I’ll go back and harvest–when and if we EVER get any rain!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. The multiple spider shadows are indeed very cool. What created that?
    I’m glad you had such a good time with a gang of young naturalists. The old teacher must have been in his element, with interested students (not always the case in the classroom, eh?)

  2. I especially like the part “sitting in the shade of maples and the side porch, we were really not uncomfortable.
    The only thing I could add would be ” bring me a cold bruskie please!”

    and give Tsuga a good meaty bone !! and lots of fresh cool water!!

    Great Photo!!
    Take care