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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mushroom Mania

Despite being one of the driest Octobers on record, we've had an amazing abundance and variety of mushrooms this year. I heard one local mushroom expert comment that it was a bumper crop kind of year. Last weekend I took advantage of our crisp, clear autumn weather to get out there and see how many different kinds of fungi I could find. Turns out mushroom photography is a great way for a nature photographer to get a workout! I probably did about 100 deep knee bends over the course of two days and was definitely feeling it afterwards. I haven't had time to look at the field guides yet, but here are some of the results:





















4 comments:

Vera said...

Bloody amazing! We also seem to have an abundance of mushrooms around the Portland area. Very cool, since I love mushrooms. My favorite photos in your blog are
#s 15 and 17.

Laurie MacBride said...

Nice! And I concur on the workout aspect - I did the same a week or so ago. Are you going to be posting a follow-up with the ID on these? Many of them look just like ones we have on our property and I have no idea what any of them are - would love to know.

Monika said...

Laurie - It will probably be a few weeks before I get some serious time with the field guides (we've got a trip coming up), but I'll try to post an update after I've got some IDs! Thanks for letting me know there's interest.

Madrona Murphy said...

What lovely photos! It has been a truly wondrous mushroom season. Here are my tentative ID's (at least give you a place to get started when you get the field guides out).
3. Could be a deer mushroom (Pluteus cervinus) if it was growing on wood (buried wood perhaps)
4. Laccaria sp.
5-6, 9-10, 13. Laccaria amethysteo-occidentalis (the western Amethyst Laccaria)
7. A Russula (could be the shrimp Russula, R. xerampalina)
8. A waxycap (Hygrocybe sp.)
14. Cortinarius semisanguineus! Sometimes called the surprise webcap. An excellent dye mushroom--it colors wool and silk in shades of red and pink.
17. Russula sp.
20. A waxycap (Hygrocybe sp.)