Category Archives: Fungi

01.05.2022 Spalted Wood as Art

Spalting occurs when wood rot fungus attacks a tree or, in this case, fallen branch. I posted some from this shoot a few years back, here and here, but hadn’t worked on this composition until now. It’s a prized bit … Continue reading

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10.23.2021 Orange you glad it’s October #2

Autumn is fall color season and mushroom season as well.  This Amanita muscaria has that warm glow that signifies the end of summer and the hues of the cycle of life. I’ve yet to find one of the bright red … Continue reading

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10.06.2021 Fungus Vignette

I noticed the red of the Partridge Berries first then the shape and color of the mushrooms as we walked the Eagle Lake Trail at Acadia N.P. Tricholoma equestre–aka-Tricholoma flavovirens-aka-Man on Horseback.  The ID is via iNaturalist and of course … Continue reading

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10.05.2021 Painted Suillus on a Bed of Mixed Greens

Sounds yummy.  This mushroom, a Bolete, is actually edible but as I don’t forage I haven’t tried it. Painted Suillus-Suillus spraguei formerly Suillus picta I came across this little scene while we were walking the Eagle Lake Carriage Path in … Continue reading

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09.16.2020 Bleeding Fairy Helmet

I don’t name ’em…I just photograph them.  🙂 A friend on Facebook posted some huge Amanitas which I then went looking for on Saturday.  I did find them but as I have done a few times, I am only mentioning … Continue reading

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09.07.2020 Spalted Wood as Abstract II

Yesterday I really didn’t have anything special in mind as I headed out so drove over to Quabbin Park.  It is not opening until 7 now so a sunrise there was not possible but the sky was mostly overcast so … Continue reading

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07.04.2020 Hemlock Varnish Conk-Ganoderma tsugae

Although the same species, this is not the same mushroom I posted as an abstract a while back.  I went looking for woodland flowers this morning and not much was happening.  They must be spent from their glory last year … Continue reading

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06.13.2020 Fungal Fire

A little abstract fungus something on a warm sunny day in New England. Ganoderma tsugae, along with G. lucidum, are herbal mushrooms used for a variety of applications.  I am not an herbalist or a mycologist so that’s all I … Continue reading

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03.28.2020-2 I’m a Little Elf Cup, Short and Stout

Can’t you just imagine little Shirley Temple singing that?    😀 Red is such a cheerful color.  🙂 Actually, it’s a Scarlet Elf Cup fungus.  What a cutie, eh? Sarcoscypha dudleyi or austriaca.  Either way, the common name is the … Continue reading

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03.18.2020-2 Tinder Conks on a Fallen Birch

Also known as Hoof Conks, Fomes fomentarius is a polypore fungus that lives up to its name…or got its name because it can hold a burning coal inside the pores on the underside for hours and be used to start … Continue reading

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