Mushrooms and fungi are such fascinating growths in Nature. My interest in them started several years ago on a walk in Algonquin Park on one of the trails that had so many varieties of mushrooms. With all the rain we have been having lately, lots of mushrooms are popping up in the lawn. I’ve been getting out the reference books and seeing if I can identify them. Some photos are recently taken and some are from the photo archives.
My favourite books review this week shares books about mushrooms and fungi.
An Illustrated Guide to Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America by Geoffrey Kibby was first published in 1993.
I love the cover with various illustrations of mushrooms. The photos I took that day, before digital cameras, just didn’t do the mushrooms any justice. Now with digital cameras many, many photos can be taken. The macro and zoom settings are so much better.
There are gorgeous illustrations inside this book along with detailed information about each mushroom or fungus. Each is labelled if poisonous or dangerous.
This piece of fungus that reminds me of a foot from a prehistoric creature.
If you look you will find all sorts of fungi growing. I only take photos of them, never remove them, and never pick them for eating.
These fungi were growing on an old cut down tree that we came across at the edge of the soccer fields while going to watch the grandkids play soccer.
This is the same piece of fungus as my first photo, just taken from a different angle.
Now I’m always on the lookout for interesting mushrooms and fungi. This mushroom was found in our daughter’s back garden. I know I’ve got more images of mushrooms somewhere in the photo archives.
Another great book I have is The Field Guide to Mushrooms, with lots of wonderful photos and info. This book was updated from a 1928 book by William Thomas and it was printed in 2003.
I have created some of my own mushroom whimsy for the garden out of old dishes, bottles and plant saucers.
The mushrooms and fungi come in all shapes, colours, patterns and textures.
Have you photographed any mushrooms or fungi lately?