Interesting Nature Facts #105 – Chicken of the Woods

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Interesting Nature Facts #104 – Mushrooms

Mushrooms! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to find out even more, simply


Weird Fungus and Lichens of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for lots of things, but did you know its coastal region is also the mushroom capital of North America? Like any fungus, a mushroom or lichen thrives in wet, cool and damp places, especially if there is a lot of shade from conifer forests with deep mineral-rich soils and an oceanic climate that never


Honey Mushrooms!

Quick post today to share some honey mushrooms I saw and photographed last night while hiking up Little Si, and to let everyone know what I’m currently working on. As many of you know, until now all my mushroom photos have been lumped/dumped together into a photo gallery unceremoniously labeled as “Mushrooms”. Over the past week, I’ve


Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus

Really quick late-night post for right now. Went on a Valentine’s Day family hike today on Rattlesnake Mountain just east of Seattle, Washington where I found quite a number of very interesting lichens and some Mycena citrinomarginata mushrooms.  Since I’ve just edited these two images, and am about to head to Oregon at first light to photograph the


American Caesar’s Mushroom

Sometimes I find a beautiful specimen in nature that I simply just can’t identify. Tonight I finally identified a beautiful red mushroom I photographed five years ago in Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida’s Western Everglades. I knew immediately it was an Amanita, but which one? I had no idea. I have a bookshelf of field



Sometimes a bolt of inspiration comes out of left-field. A couple of months ago, I saw a few gorgeous images of mushrooms that someone made (I didn’t catch the photographer’s name or I would mention it here) while browsing the web, and the images kind of stuck in my mind. Slowly it began to dawn on me that during