2013 OMS Appreciation

There comes a time when you have to take a moment in your life and reflect on those people that made you feel good, even if it was for just one day or an entire year for that matter. I have met a lot of wonderful and interesting people since I have joined OMS a little over three years ago. I have witnessed several people come and go throughout many of our forays in those years, many of which provided a wealth of knowledge and insight to my mycological fascination. So this year, I decided I would start finally express those OMS members that made our club not only exciting this past year, but insightful and fun for many of us. I personally give thanks to…

MaritaKing_at_HHillsMarita King for bringing unsurpassed dedication and eagerness to OMS and stellar fungi photographs for all of us to enjoy! Plus, all those recipes are pretty awesome as well.

HughUrban_Nancy_maya_2013Hugh Urban and Nancy Jesser for bringing a multitude of fungi knowledge on species to our mini-forays, being completely organized in the field, and knowledge some of the best hunting grounds for edibles in Ohio. Plus some excellent photos along the way! Welcome back long time members!

KarenKelley_MikeNagy1Karen Kelley and Mike Nagy for being the most dedicated OMS members in attendance to this very day. The guys I always enjoy seeing as they never miss an OMS foray! Plus, they travel all over the States for other larger Fungi related events and cultivate several varieties of edibles throughout the year.

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BryanLewisLaura Wilson and Bryan Lewis for their unsurpassed dedication to the wonderful world of edible Ohio fungi! And being some of the coolest new members I have met in the past years!

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Dan Molter for finding and photographing some of the most unique and beautiful species of mushrooms that can be found in Ohio. Plus, Dan knows his mushroom species for sure– just ask him!

NicolasCopley_2013Nicolas Copely for his intensity of hunting for wild edibles in Ohio and knowledge and some awesome spots in central Ohio. Plus one of our most ambitious new members to say the least with a vast knowledge in edible plants, berries and herbs.

PeteRichards_2Pete Richards for his undeniable eagerness in finding and photographing unique species in the field and knowledge of wild edibles. This long time member knows his fungi!

DebShankland_2013Deb Shankland for being one of the most dedicated and kind fellow board members I have known since I started with OMS. Deb never misses a foray and finding her share of wild edibles!

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B. Mielke for his masterful jedi skills over our OMS website for many years and getting us merged into the modern era with WordPress. A true Jedi Web Master!

DickGrimm_2013_AHMAnd lastly, but certainly not in the least. The truest of true Ohio fungiphiles and a lifetime of dedication and knowledge to Ohio Mushroom Society—Dick Grimm! Thank you again for your stellar interview for all of us to enjoy!

-Alan McClelland

Board members and members alike, feel free to continue the appreciation along in our comments box below to this post!

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October Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the October installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Ok, if you haven’t got out at all this year or attended any OMS forays, you might want to consider getting out this month! This is prime time for some … Continue reading

Forgotten Wonders Beneath the Trees • autumnal series I

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This is the fourth installment of this five part series that I captured from early September to early October of 2011-12. Ever enchanting colors unfold on the forest floor as the leaves start to slowly decay with wonderful richness. Much … Continue reading

2013 OMS Summer Foray at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

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By Dave Miller

The weekend began with about 16 or so (many of them Board members) at Kirtland City Tavern to enjoy their menu and libations, where appropriate.  During Friday night and Saturday am the area was subjected to a series of rather fierce thunderstorms.  As it was still raining at 8:30 am, we think that many folks decided the foray had been canceled, at least that was our explanation for the low turnout, despite the wet summer which promised many specimens.

We convened at 9 am.  After coffee and a variety of baked goods, Pat Morse spoke about the site and some DO’s and DON’T’s, especially as the storms made some of the cliffside areas slippery.  Jerry Pepera outlined the day’s agenda, which was printed on half-sheets of paper, with a map of the area on the obverse side. Several groups explored different section of Pen Glen in the am, while a group visited Holden Arboretum and Chapin Forest in the pm.

Walt gave his usual excellent slide show on Fantastic Fungi. Amongst his beautiful photos Walt mentioned that folks do four different things with their fungal finds:  picking, kicking, fixing, and pixing.  Which category do you fit in?  … I guess you can do more than one of those things.

We reconvened at the Kirtland City Tavern, with the following attending:  Jerry & Cathy Pepera, Marita King, Bob Bartoletta, Mike Nagy & Karen Kelley, Marita King, Alan McClelland, Pete Richards, Deb Shankland, Martha Bishop, Dick & Judy Doyle, Walt Sturgeon, Alex, Jill, & Ryan Conway, Ian Adams, and Marie Anderson-Miller and I. Other attendees included Paul Balog, Brian Lewis & Laura Wilson, Bonnie Boyd, Ryan Vincent, and Bobby Hancock. Sunday am we catalogued the species list, Pete & Pauline Munk helping out (they’d also joined us for Friday dinner).

Deb Shankland did a yeoman’s job setting up breakfasts both Sat. & Sun. as well as getting the noon potluck on the table.  Many thanks to her pitching in, taking Sharon Greenberg & Shirley McClelland’s place.

For a glimpse of more of the beautiful things we encountered view the link below

2013 OMS Summer Foray at Penitentiary Glen Reservation Overview by Alan McClelland

2013 OMS Pen Glen Summer Foray species list

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Forgotten Wonders Beneath the Trees • summer series II

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by Alan McClelland This is the third installment of a five part series that I captured between mid July to late September of 2011-2012. Species start to flourish on the forest floors around this time of year, making it some … Continue reading

August Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the August installment of Mushrooms of the Month. This this is one of my very favorite months to be out photographing fungi as the diversity of gorgeous varieties are at their peak here in Ohio. With all this … Continue reading

2013 OMS Summer Chanterelle Mini-foray

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This past Sunday, Shirley McClelland lead a dozen of us to an excellent secret spot just within the Hocking Hills region to find the elusive but super delicious Black Trumpets and an array of tasty chanterelle species. Of which many of us hoped for and did find with much success! In addition along the way, we found a nice diversity of boletus, amanita, russula and polypore species that made the hidden spot even more magical for many of us who were taking photos. Hugh Urban once again saved the day with his vast knowledge of species from the area and brought along his mushroom hunting buddy to help scout those tasty edibles. So here is a glimpse of what we saw that beautiful Sunday morning in the lush forest of Hocking Hills.

• 2013 OMS Hocking Hills July Chanterelle overview gallery
• 2013 OMS Hocking Hills July Chanterelle Mini-foray species list

July Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the July installment of Mushrooms of the Month. Summer is truly here in all it’s glory and if you have not started to get out any this year, you might want to highly consider it. Next to the … Continue reading

June Mushrooms of the Month

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Welcome to the June installment of Mushrooms of the Month. The warmer weather has finally moved into our region of the States and is unveiling all the beautiful spectrums of color, nature has to offer! Much like the flowers have … Continue reading

Organic Hedgehog Mushrooms with Plantains

by Alan McClelland
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Organic Ingredients:
Hedgehog Mushrooms (qty desired)
1 Large Ripe Plantain
Pitted Dates (qty desired)
2-3 tbsp Extra Virgin Cold pressed Coconut Oil
1-2 tbsp Pure Ohio Maple Syrup or Raw Organic Honey
1 tsp Hawaiin or Celtic Sea Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Smoked Black Pepper
1 tsp Tumeric

Slice plantains into 1/4” thick slices and sauté in 2-3 tbsp of Coconut Oil 7-10 minutes. Make sure to flip halfway through. Slice Hedgehog mushrooms in half and repeat same as with plantain cooking.
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Drain oil off mushrooms and plantains in strainer if necessary. Slice Dates in half, serve all together nicely with Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Tumeric over entire dish. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp of Maple Syrup or Honey over entire dish. Savor a tasty breakfast or evening dessert!
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