The spring is here and that means many will be venturing to charred forests in search of the highly sought after Morel. Although very tasty, this isn't the only spring fungus around. Many different species of ascomycetes thrive in the warming temperatures and you may find some where you least expect them. Take for example this Peziza sp. I came across on a thrown away mattress/mat/something synthetic. Keep your eyes open!
A border crossing and a short drive away, Whidbey Island is the perfect weekend getaway. Dotted with beaches, lush coastal forests, and beautiful views – there is nothing better than spending a weekend exploring these picturesque landscapes with great friends.
After a few long weeks of frigid temperatures, I decided to escape into Vancouver's lush paradise that is the Bloedel Conservatory. Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, this kaleidoscopic greenhouse is full of tropical plants and birds. Always a nice place for a tropical outing.
Took some advantage today of the beautiful snow at wintery conditions we've been experiencing in Vancouver over the last month. The snowshoeing trails on Hollyburn Mountain are nothing short of stunning on a day like today. Filled with small cabins, winding paths and snow covered trees, this was a perfect location for a little photo excursion.
Over the last few weeks, I've had the pleasure of photographing some of my friend Talya Florian's amazing mushroom jewelry. By drying her finds and using eco-friendly preserving techniques, her work turns the mushrooms we all love into wearable pieces of art. Check them out just in time for the Holidays at her Etsy shop, MushAppreciated!
Every mushroom is freshly foraged from the lush forests and mountains of British Columbia, Canada (Primarily in autumn). After being carefully picked, cleaned and dried they are set in antique gold or silver rectangular brass bezels and encased in a clear eco-resin to preserve their unique shapes, colours and character. Each pendant is finished with a matching brass jump ring that hangs from an earthy-brown waxed-cotton cord.
– Talya Florian
Another day out in the woods. This time the Yellowfoot Chanterelle (Craterellus tubaeformis) was the star of the show. What a pleasure to find these little guys. They are found in quite large numbers making them quite easy to collect and they're always super clean!
Also abundant on today's walk, Elaphocordyceps capitata. Commonly known as the Truffle Eater, this fungus is only able to fruit after parasitizing a species of deer truffle.
Decided to explore a new area today in hopes of finding some pine mushrooms. No luck with the pines but hey, I'll take these chanterelles any day!
I had the pleasure of being invited to Vancouver Island for the annual fungal survey that is the Metchosin Mycoblitz. As usual, we had an enthusiastic group to help collect fungi. Andy MacKinnon and I led a group of about ten enthusiasts through the forest at Thunderbird Camp.
We managed to collect all sorts of specimens including Russula xerampelina, Tricholoma zelleri, Cystoderma amianthinum, and Marasmius copelandii (smells like garlic!).
Thank you to all who came out and helped in collecting and identifying! Looking forward to next year!