Best Photo of the Month

We know many of you are out in the field, camera in hand, taking beautiful, interesting, awe-inspiring or just plain quirky images. They may be coffee-table-book-beautiful, show a field guide level of detail, or convey the sheer joy of mushrooming. Let’s share them! Enter your choice pics in the Fungus Federation’s Photo of the Month contest. Winning images (editor’s choice) will be posted on the FFSC website and may be used in a FFSC publication. Your images will not be used for commercial purposes.

Submitting Images

We will source images from those submitted on the FFSC Google Group as well as individually submitted images. Images can be submitted via email to bestphoto@@ffsc.us.

Technical Criteria

Please send an image that does not have EXIF metadata stripped off or just full-sized original image if you are unsure. Acceptable formats: anything but RAW files.

Information Required

  • Photographer’s name
  • Title for image, if any
  • Optional: Date, Latin Binomial
  • Give us few words about the collection if you’d like. Rough location, habitat, did you leave them in the field or bring home? If edible, how did you prepare them?

Past Best Photos of the Month

February, 2019

"Auriscalpium vulgare" by Dan Tischler

Best Photo
Date: January 19, 2019
Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION TG-4
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Flash Used: No

Auriscalpium vulgare

 

The ear-pick or pine cone mushroom is a member of the order Russulales, making it a close relative of russula and lactarius species along with stereum and hericium.

 

December, 2018

"Purple Mycena" by Michelle Torres-Grant

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Michelle C. Torres-Grant took this picture attending 2018 Santa Cruz Mycoflora Foray.

We had some rain so we were focused on the small and tiny.   Glad we did.

 

February, 2018

"Fungi and Feline" by Mari Stauffer Howard

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Taken by by phone upside down on the grass.  

"Feline grace and lithe" appearance of the mushrooms along with the original feline in the background.

psathyarella genus?

Psathyrella corrigus or P. bipellis.

 

January, 2018

"Earth Star" by Tim Teske

Best Photo
Date: December 23, 2017
Camera: Apple iPhone X
ISO Speed: 40
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Flash Used: No

Found in Rancho San Antonio park along the Rogue Valley Trail.  Appeared shortly after a brief day of rain during an unusually dry season.

California Mushrooms-  page 460

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast- page 533

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