September, 2013

"Hygrocybe miniata group" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: September 14, 2013
Camera: Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.50 sec
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/32.0
Flash Used: No

It takes a sharp eye to find this little waxy cap, especially for those of us that are color-challenged! Hygrocybe miniata, or those in that group differing in minute ways, are very colorful little mushrooms that grow in a variety of habitats including rotting wood and moss, as these were. These were fresh since they are still quite red. As they age, they frequently fade to dull orange to yellow, which often leads to mis-identification when found in this state. Edible? The books say yes, but who'd want to try? Besides they are too pretty and cute to eat!  
— Phil Carpenter, Prime Minister