Winter chanterelles and blue-turning coral

From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on November 21.

Photo 1 shows a harvest of winter chanterelles or yellow foot (Craterellus tubaeformis) from Kate. This is a smaller, more delicate species of chanterelle that often has a dimple in the middle of the cap. It is a good edible, if you can find it!

(1) Winter chanterelles

Photo 2 is a coral fungus (possibly one of the crested corals in the genus Clavulina) taken by Kyle from the Beaver Lodge lands. Note the strange blue-grey colour taking over the base. In one of my books (Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast) it says that Clavulina can be parasitized by a fungus called Helminthosphaeria clavariarum (isn’t that a mouthful?) which “distorts the fruiting body to a bluish gray to dark gray color.” That is my guess on what might be going on there, but if any of you have thoughts/suggestions on this let us know!

(2) Parasitized Clavulina ?
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