I planned to visit two small forested areas near my home today (round trip ~15km) to see if I could find mushrooms there. I also managed to find an alternative approach route to the first area along a river, which was not only much nicer than going through the city, but I even found about 10 species of mushrooms along the way. Most of those were inedible polypores, but I also found what I identified as Butterfly Trametes and what I think might be Turkey Tail:
As they are not edible I didn't really care, so I might be wrong here. If anyone can clarify, I'd appreciate it though, should I ever plan on making mushroom tea.
The first area I planned on visiting was quite disappointing, however, as the majority of trees were conifers. As far as I can tell, my target mushrooms (Oysters, Enoki) don't really grow on conifers, so maybe it wasn't entirely my fault for not finding anything there. I was a bit disappointed by this, and decided to move on as it was already getting late.
The second area was only a short way away, although it was also mostly conifers. I searched around for a bit and found some pretty coral mushrooms, but nothing edible for a long time. About 5 minutes before I went home, however, I noticed this huge chunk of what looked like oyster mushrooms. So naturally I lost my shit and didn't photograph the tree for later reference, but I assume it was a beech tree. I did get one real bad photo of the mushrooms before I dropped everything, though:
After having my moment there, I sat down and studied my mushroom guide on a tree stump nearby and decided that those are indeed oyster mushrooms, so I went back and took a sample. The taste test (with spitting it out afterwards, of course) was quite okay, so I decided to fill the little cardboard box* I brought to the brim. Overall, the whole bushel might have been about 1kg, but I only took half of that.
*I've had this habit of overinvesting in new hobbies, so I'm taking it slow. The oysters were also half frozen, so I took a calculated risk there.
After an hour of walking home (I netted 3.5h for the whole trip), I cleaned the whole box and weighed them (526g, stalks and all). After another 20 minutes of online research I excluded 5 of 6 possible lookalikes, leaving only one edible if horribly tasting option. This is when I decided to just eat about 50g of what I foraged, as I was reasonably sure that I excluded anything poisonous. I tried a recipe for oyster mushrooms sweet-sour and it came out great, so I'm quite positive that I'll live to see tomorrow. Here's a picture of my harvest (stalks already removed), with a tea cup for scale:
Overall I'm quite happy with my find, even if I "wasted" the first 2 hours of the trip. As Oysters should regrow there every year I'll definitely mark the spot. If all goes well (i.e. I don't die tonight), I might go back and harvest the rest of the bushel on sunday.