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  1. After receiving 150mm from an East coast low pressure system, I noticed small white capped mushrooms. These were growing on my property at 870 meters elevation. The rain event had finished on 6th April. About a week later I started seeing the mushrooms. Thinking that they were of the Mycena genus I didn't pay much attention to them. The temperature had started to dtop indicsted by finding the first P.subaeruginosa on April 7th. On Friday 7th April at 4pm I walked past the white capped mushtooms.I had a closer look and in amongst them were brown coloured psilocybe mushrooms. The white capped ones were older specimens of the same species. Habitat was a clearing on level ground in eucalypt forest. There is a track running down the hill to this clearing. A bulldozer had widened it 2 years ago scooping a shallow drain for runoff. Prior to the rain event wallabies had been cropping the native grasses growing in the drain extensively. During the rain leaves from New England Blackbutt trees had been washed into piles. They were in a pattern as the water level had receded into the drain. Each mushroom was fruiting through the mud. Their stipes had a white woolly tuft at the base. Each base was covered with a eucalypt leaf. I found a bunch of ten later with no leaves covering the base of their stipe. See photo. The fresh caps were a dark brown colour matching the colour of the wet leaves. Turning red brown then fawn until whitening in drier specimens. Caps ranged in size from half a centimeter to one and a half centimeters across on average. The largest were closer to 2cm. The stipe averaged 3 - 4 cm in length. Sinewy and curving. Colour matched cap colour. Longest stipe was 6cm in length. Gills were greyish lavender with white cystidia? along gill edges. These mushrooms continued ti flush on and off over the next 2 months in the wet drainage area. Photos to follow.
  2. heyowana

    Shifty newbies

    Since I have been called a shifty newbie I figure this is the right place to ask- Why is when I make reference to a thread called The ordinariness of Eileen I am told in about 20 emails that I am a POS called Chiral. That people who don't know me suddenly do. That I am a shifty newbie. These aggressive tactics by well known people on these forums kind of make me think that if they have something to hide why would they even bother blaming someone they don't know such as myself. Their words are there for all to read. If such people have tried to create a new persona for themselves since they wrote what they did x number of years ago why should I be held accountable. I gather I am held accountable because I read posts on the Corroberee for many hours. I enjoyed what I read so kept reading. I then remembered what I read in picture form. So when I make a comment refering to something I have read here I become a nasty person who has ripped people off. I thought about this since it has happened and think perhaps I expect too much. To expect people to be tolerant of what I have said on a certain thread is maybe asking too much. I just don't like the way they went about it. Having said this I figure I have said about all I can say about mushrooms without repeating myself so I'll come back next season to the corroberee with any new finds or updates. May you all find peace.
  3. Perhaps I should just put some horse manure downhill from where they have fruited. That way if they aren't alutecea no harm done. So I could cultivate them? Sounds better all the time.
  4. So if they were alutacea there are some horses down the road that wander everywhere. I've never seen any evidence of them in my place however. I'll have to go down where they are and have a look around.
  5. A.Rockefeller said if I get it done he'll help me to interpret it. So I guess it's not that straightforward. P.alutecea sounds OK. I was reading a thread on shroomery and they were getting heaps of them off horse dung. The NZ's were saying they don't turn blue easily but they were pretty good otherwise. I just need a bigger area than where they were. So next season might be really interesting.
  6. I went past the spot and the one that came up 7 days ago is still there intact. It looks the same size wise. No bluing. They only blue from injury. There is a photo on p1 of a little one on its side showing greenish blue colouration on the side of the cap where it had been pressing against a stick. Where they are still has visible water on the ground. Where there is no visible water there are tiny ice crystals. A wee little one is there today about 2 feet from the week old one. We get very heavy dew here. Still not sure if that's the reason why the water is there though. The habitat is on top of red clay so it holds water well. Still it might be a spring there because everywhere else is drying out from not having rain. All the P.subaeruginosa died out weeks ago from the cold. Looks like a long wait until the next season unless I can these little brown mushrooms elsewhere.
  7. TimmiT has all the specimens. A.Rockefeller suggested alba.es which costs 20 dollars for DNA sequencing. I sent that message to TimmiT. Can't quite follow P.alutacea for macroscopic ID. The stem on mine matches the colour of the cap when wet. When drier the cap goes white yet the stem remains dark. The stem is really pliable and thin. The ones I picked in Qld resemble P.samuiensis. These don't for the first two reasons mentioned above. If DNA testing was needed to differentiate between P.alutacea and P.samuiensis then they must look quite similar. When I used to pick pineforest psilocybes P.pelliculosa? they would have a white cap if the weather was dry. Here is another idea. As P.subaeruginosa can fruit in eucalypt and pineforest maybe there is another type of Psilocybe species native to Australia that can exist in a variety of habitats. Endless speculation from me until DNA sequencing. I am prone to speculation because I've picked species that look like P.alutacea,samuiensis,strictipes and pelliculosa.
  8. Thank's ferret. Only one fruited in the last week. Hopefully they'll be back next season. That would be great for you to have a look at them.
  9. I'm not sure how to edit my text via my mobile. Until I do my apologies for leaving words out etc.
  10. I'm interested to find out even if they are a known species. I'd prefer that in fact. Then I would know their prefered habitat. An unknown would appeal more to academics so they have a new species to study. Either way it will fun finding out.
  11. Here is some history that may interest some. Topaz was part of the Russell river goldfield. The goldminers in the area used to dig aquifers to carry the water vast distances across the land for a water supply. This in turn would then run down the steep valleys of the creeks through what they called monitors. The force of gravity would give the miners enough pressure to blast the dirt loose and then wash it through riffles to catch the gold. The remaining aquifers are still quite visible in the world heritage. In the cow paddocks there are still remnants of them that run here and there. The local historical society used to go out to the cow paddocks on their way to the world heritage to try and see these remnants from the goldmining days. When I was living there I found thr aquifers or is it aquafers very rewarding to look at as well. In fact they were an ideal place to look.
  12. Why follow a dead end path. Sooner or later one must ask oneself why. They are never the kind of mushrooms you could call your best friend. There is something a little sinister lurking somewhere close by. They get you out of it,no doubt about that. But are they that satisfying. There are mushrooms with a much CLEARER message. They don't waste the users time with all the shiftiness and subordination. I can call them my friend and helper because they show the way with love. They show the way to where more of them grow. Instead of looking at the patch with trepidation thinking if I have too many I will pay for IT to pay me a visit. Pure bliss courses through my body anticipating the delightful high that will unfold when I eat those funny little fairy mushrooms. Instead of worrying about this that and everything else I'll become a pixie. A pixie free to follow the pixilated way of the pixie mushroom. You see before I typed this a hazy mist was wafting around my room. It helped me to make the comparison between heavy metal meanies and subs with those folky little mushrooms. Then a brainwave hit me. It's a bit like comparing those wonderful sativas of years gone by knockout indicas. Sooner or later people come around to the clear cerebral creative high of the sativa as a recreational pursuit. Same with mushrooms. In my younger days I too wanted to be blasted by those very pretty subs. As I aged I learned that you can't judge a book by its cover. Now those little brown and goldy brown fragile looking mushrooms are the way. They look so insignificant with their small caps and greyish lavender gills. Their nature makes up for that. They do hide well but more fun the quest. So I ask that next time wherever you are looking think about all those OTHER mushrooms. We here in Australia can take our head out of the sand and find those little mushrooms. When you do you'll know why.
  13. Sagittatius rules thighs and hips I think. I know being a Capricorn I was always having trouble with my knees before I got into tai chi. I think a lot of my knee trouble come from swimming when I was young. I was a breaststroke swimmer. Back in the day when the style of kick caused people to end up having knee surgery. If I'm thankful for anything its that tai chi fixed my knees. Astrologers say moon rules emotions. Being an Aries moon I've hit my head by accident that many times when I've been a bit worked up.
  14. I promise to keep drug references out of it. Oh oh those last three words might get me going. Yes Topaz has an incredible micro climate. Horizontal rain during the wet season takes some getting used to. I lived right next door to Bartle Frere. Tallest mountain in Qld. A tropical liberty cap like P.samuiensis fits the bill pretty well. I think it has the separable gelatinous pellicle which the mushies at Topaz, Dalmorton and here all have in common. The size of the Topaz ones seem too big for P.samuiensis however. I was speculating a couple of months ago on shroomery about the bull the local dairy man at Topaz owned. He called it an Imperial Brahman. Weird looking. Looked almost hippopotamus like. Really short in the body,wide as anything and not that tall. Nothing like your normal one by any means. Anyway his dairy herd and this bull ran all over my paddocks. I know people go on about cattle spreading magic mushrooms. Maybe the bull introduced them somehow. If you go out there PM me beforehand and I can fill in any missing details. My brother said he might snap a few pics for me to let the TI's on shroomery check out.
  15. Inski guess was P.strictipes. TimT from shroomery has been a great help. He was saying he will get them DNA sequenced if Alan is too busy. These mushrooms have a really thick gelatinous pellicle. I collected some specimens and had them in a metal bowl. The caps stuck like they had glue on them. Have a look at the cluster of 10 and you'll see what I mean if it's magnified a bit. I know P.strictipes fits the bill with the seperable gelatinous pellicle along with P.semilancesta and P.pelliculosa. There are radiata pines on another property around here. When I google pelliculosa its stem looks a different colour along with its a pineforest psilocybe species. The ones I found at Dalmorton had a similar cap. Their stem was greyish white though. They went straw colour as they dried. These go really white on a sunny day. Yet they retain the dark stem.
  16. Yes Daturs strammonium. With datura weaker equals better. Datura ferox being a much safer bet. I remember seeing that documentary about Bailingup. I remember some spiel by one of the landowners about with Margaret river wines costing 20 dollars a bottle no wonder these people are taking mushrooms. Made me laugh.
  17. I'm on a mission. A nocturnal emission. Well just a mission. When I was a kid I lived at Epping in Sydney. We left there just after I turned 6. I used to see this face on the wall when I'd wake up at night. It was a man who was bald and had brown skin. I started dreaming about him. I dreamed one night that he came up to me with his hand out. He had a little mushroom in the palm of his hand. I took it and broke the stem. It turned blue. So if he showed me the way to understand it is only fair for me to show you the way. There has been a rhyme that has been in my head forever. It goes Heyowana heyowana heyowana hey eye oh. I chant to it all the time espescially when I'm tired I even walk to it. There are other lines but I'll leave that for now.
  18. Twenty one years. That would go back to the Bailingup days. More or less. When I was 16 in '76 I was canoeing up the Mooloola river on the sunshine coast with my brother. I wasn't eating mushrooms in those days. Neither was he. We got up to the fresh where we would fish for bass flathead depending on the season. I had to get out for a while so went for a walk in a paddock. I found this what I thought was a gold top because that's all I knew about. It was growing off a log stained the darkest blue and didn't have a veil. I'd give it a different name today.
  19. Anyway if you went in the entrance and kept going past that track on the left I tslked about you'd see a clearing on the right then a track on the right. That track would take you back to the main road. If you go down that track about 100 meters or so there was a big clearing on the left. There were a few pines in there but a lot more sunlight. I was in there one day after heavy rain and saw two weird looking pinecones. As I looked closer each little segment had a dark blue dot in the middle. They were mushrooms. I uprooted one of the mushroom pinecones and saw they had sky blue stems. They were a more robust version of the P.pelliculosa lookalikes I found near that other track. They were darker on the cap and had more bluing. I just took one of the mushroom pinecones and was a bit disappointed. There effect was the same as the others. Think there were sbout 24 or so from memory.
  20. Trichs aren't scheduled YET. Guess they want to keep it that way. One of my favourite threads here is The ordinariness of Eileen. Sure doesn't sound ordinary. Anyway for all those who used to go mushrooming in the pineforest at Hampton before it got logged. I used to find subs in there as early as the end of Feb. Then sometimes go out in May and see them with snowfall on them. I used to go in the main entrance where you take a right towards Oberon on the Jenolan caves road. I'd go up the hill and take the first left turn. That would take you down a hill and hit another track. On the way down on the left it was always very wet and dark. Around the pinetrees down that wet gully I'd find a pineforest psilocybe that had similar morphology to P.pellicullosa. They were there even when there were no subs around. They were weak but a lot like dope if you ate 20 or more.
  21. To me they are a blend of both. I think the mix is there in all sagittarians. Like you meet the philosopher intellectual type. Next thing aftet getting to know them you find out that they into some energetic sport or hobby. The sporty ones when engaged in a philosophical debate show their other side. I think that they were just into being physical but now they surprise me. Been around them my whole life. The enthusiasm can rub off onto me. Often it makes me wonder in my pessimistic Capricornian way- Why are they so full of ideas and that idealistic about life. Often sagittarius can gesticulate with the body when they are really enthusiastic in conversation. They wave their arms or point a finger to stress a point. Guess that is why they are the sign of the school teacher. Who could help but listen with all the words and actions to accompany it. Sorry about the lack of question marks. My phone has decided that there is not anything like that today.
  22. heyowana

    Eating A. muscaria?

    Thanks for the great answer mutant. I remember running up a street talking to a friend as if it was nothing. We got to the top of the hill and laughed. I felt that light like I could fly. The house I had been in was 2km away. All I remembered was waking up on the living room floor with a vision of a glowing A.muscaria in front of my eyes. The colours were coming up from the base of it like tadpoles then when they hit the cap they would radiate out with a glowing scarlet light. There were blue colours mixed in with red. It looked beautiful. I sat up and the other guy sat up at the same time and looked at me. I remember floating out the door talking about Katoomba to him and then we were there in town laughing because we were just in the house a moment before. Didn't matter then because I don't think anything would have mattered. So yes I guess accidents and even violence could happen in such a state of being so unconscious. Except for the nausea and the duration of the trip I think they were okay. Prefer psilocybes only because I'm too much of a control freak. I know whats going to happen to my body on psilocybin mushrooms. A.muscaria it's a guess. Who knows?
  23. That was my initial reason to ID as P.alutacea. Inski's photos of it are wonderful. Changed my mind for two reasons. First P.alutecea has a bluing reaction of dung growing species which it is. These mushrooms have the bluing the same as the tropical liberty cap mushrooms I have picked. They don't blue straight away. Takes about 4 hours. Then it is a steel blue colour. Most importantly they fruit syraight out of the mud. The woolly tuft of mycellium makes them hard to pull out. I thought P.aztecorum because the cap goes white. Now I'm changing my guess to - too hard.Just want to find them in a more natural habitat.
  24. Thanks Zen Peddler. I offered Inski anything I could. He didn't seem interested. We had a discussion on shroomery about his proposed guess for an ID. I don't think he liked my attitude. Maybe he is too busy more likely. I've read some of your posts about P.subaeruginosa and you sound well informed.
  25. Here is something that I'd love to clear up. Why Golden meanies aren't known about anymore. They were a Psilocybe species. Looked nothing like a meanie and people used to talk about them. It was 1988 around August. A friend from Katoomba was going up to the commune Ohm shalom to live. I used to grow a lot of dope back then. Don't anymore because I have been busted too many times. I had inherited a strain that had the following genetics. Mullumbimby madness crossed with a devastating Mango sativa from Wooli. This in turn was crossed with a Lebanese SATIVA (they are extinct now) which showed up around Coffs in the mid to late seventies. It was good weed. My friend wanted me to take some up to Turntable falls commune and Mullumbimby to blow some people out. In those days you could drivr around with a car boot full of dope and no one cared less. I had some lavender thai in there as well. It was too loose buded because it was grown in Sydney. So off we went. This guy would bump into people he knew wherever we went. After staying at Nimbin and Mullum for about a week we went to Byron which was a small fishing village. I had some dried mushrooms. Guy I knew returns to where we were staying one night exclaiming I melted I melted. Guess I was still going down to Beecroft and picking those other ones then thinking about it. We then headed out to Tenterfield picked up some supplies for him. Then west out to Ohm shalom along the Bruxner highway. We turn off the highway and drive past a sign with a mushroom painted on it that looks like a goldtop without a veil with a prominent bump on top of the cap. We go in and meet the people. Me being my normal anti social self goes off and does about an hour or so of Tai chi. The next dsy I've got to leave so I can get back to Sydney to go to a meeting that night. My friend takes me over to a fruit tree with chicken wire around it and tells me to have a look. At the base of the tree growing in the pile of sheep manure they'd put around it were those little mushrooms they called Golden meanies. They looked in shape a bit like a liberty cap with a shorter stem. Except they were gold on the csp. They were in a cluster I don't remember how many. The woman there asks me if I would like to give them a go. I said I can't because I've got to get back to Sydney. I asked if I could take some with me. She said no because the commune rules say visitors have to stay there if thry are going to trip on mushrooms. I felt ripped off at the time. Looking back it made a lot of sense. So I head back to Sydney. He rings me up one day and tells me about a trip on the golden meanies. He said they were heavy and dark. Guess they were pretty potent.