March, 2014

"Hygrocybe punicea group" by Cass Fuentes

Best Photo
Date: February 28, 2010
ISO Speed: 122
Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/3.1
Flash Used: No
These Hygrocybes were growing in a mix of mostly Bay Laurel and Oak, in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos. Being the first time I encountered the "Scarlet Waxy Cap", I was mesmerized by their beautiful color, and taking pictures of them started my path in mushroom photography.

Wine & Mushroom Fest

Join us for a sumptuous evening featuring wines from exceptional Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation wineries and delectable wild mushroom treats made by the great chefs of the FFSC. 

Current members -- $15 advance purchase, $20 at door
Guests of members -- $20 advance purchase, $25 at door
Each member household may bring 2 guests...

Mushroom microscopy lecture and workshop (by Alan Rockefeller)

? WHEN: 02/24/2014, 6-10 pm
? WHERE: Sudo Room, 2141 Broadway, Oakland
I am giving a lecture and workshop on mushroom microscopy at Sudo Room in downtown Oakland this Monday, 2/24 at 6pm!
I will start with a powerpoint presentation that goes over some basic microscope stuff, then some intermediate level microscope stuff, and then photos of the various microscopic structures you will be looking for in mushroom identification...

February, 2014

"A Little Buggy" by Karen Hilker

Best Photo
Date: July 08, 2011
Camera: Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS
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Exposure: 0.02 sec
Focal Length: 6 mm
Aperture: f/2.7
Flash Used: No
During a walk in the Sierra, I snapped some pictures of a light tan blob on a charred tree...

January, 2014

"So long without rain..." by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: 05 January, 2014
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So long without rain
Mushrooms poking their heads up
Soon become crispy!

This has been the driest year on record for Santa Cruz, having received only 1.3 inches so far this season of our average 11 inches to date...

Exploring Mushroom Dyes with Alissa Allen

Mushroom Dye Workshop with Alissa Allen
Saturday, February 1, Noon - 4 pm

Learn the simple steps for extracting and harnessing the color-rich pigments found in local mushrooms. Feel free to bring a small piece of wool or silk to dye in our community pots. Silk scarves will also be available for purchase and shibori supplies will be on hand...

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December, 2013

"Baby oyster mushrooms" by Steve Olejniczak

Best Photo
Date: November 02, 2013
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.03 sec
Focal Length: 7 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Flash Used: Yes
Found these cute baby Oyster mushrooms in the Santa Cruz Mts. on Nov. 3rd, 2013. I used my old Olympus C4000.

Slide 4 - Fungiphile

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Fungiphile: an avid partisan of various things related to mushrooms and mycology


Mushrooms: we find them all over. They are ubiquitous and mysterious, common and rare, delicious and sometimes deadly. Mushrooms are among the oldest living things on earth, and a significant theme and resource in almost every human culture over the past 10,000 years. Want to know more? You are already a fungiphile.

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