Wild Mushrooms, Photographs

Abstract Muchroom Poster

Napa Mushroom Psychedelic poster
Napa Mushroom Psychedelic poster | Source

The Beauty of an Ugly Napa Mushroom (Fun-Guys to Photograph!)

I was perfectly unaware that mushrooms made such interesting photography subjects until I spied them growing with wild abandon in the late Fall of 2010 in my new home-town of Napa, California. Since that time, I have found fascination with these beautifully ugly and Uniquely Wild Mushrooms of Napa.

What's in a Name; a Scientific Mushroom Name That is?

I am not aware of their scientific names or even those attached as a nickname, but for me, none of this matters when it comes to taking their picture. Usually, I am one to get caught up in the intricate details of a subject and must know the secret information unknown to others. However, with this series of photographs, "mushroom" was seemingly enough. Their rustic beauty and odd formations were scientific enough for my curious mind. And so, what you find here today is a number of Beautifully Ugly Photographs of Napa Mushrooms that have been named to simply suit my perception of each image.

Mushroom on the Ground

Winged Fungus
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Winged Fungus

A fanned out rib caught my attention among the pine and leaf litter. In this photograph we witness what looks to be the spreading of a singular, yet powerful wingspan. This wild mushroom, Winged Fungus, appears to be expanding a broad wing from its fleshy body. The intricate row of ribs flex out and back from a fit muscular trunk, showing the perfect imperfections of this 3 inch tall mushroom being framed in lace-like light. It is as if we have peered secretly from behind the tiny near-by ground branches to see what no one has viewed before.

Mushroom Grouping

Secure Mushroom Family
Secure Mushroom Family | Source

Secure Mushroom Family

This grouping of very tiny Napa mushrooms (the tallest only measuring in at a minuscule 1 inch in height) offered an almost fairytale story as I caught site of how they were nestled together. I could imagine the commonly occurring tiny dirt spattered youngster hovering under the safe harbor of the mother mushrooms umbrella. She and her partner bend slightly to gain a clear view of the youthfully mud-smudged youngster. The rest of the family is shuffled in close to one another as if seeking out the warmth found within the crowd.

The surrounding ground is covered with the cousins and acquaintances of the mushroom family, found in the form of petite moss and finely growing sprigs of grass and clover. Together each layer of this image has its own beauty and natural value. But for me, the Secure Mushroom Family was the main attraction I couldn't take my eyes from.

Little Brown Mushroom

Semper-fi Mushroom
Semper-fi Mushroom | Source

Semper-fi Mushroom

Ready for battle, this itsy-bitsy mushroom is wearing what could be a protective war helmet. Proudly displaying the dings and scars of the battlefield, this Napa Mushroom, Semper-fi Mushroom, brings a grimace of facial expression when looked upon. The sheen of moisture across its brow and a uniform that shares the frayed edges of survival. This warrior stands tall (2 inches tall) on what appears to be its frail last leg. As any good soldier would, it displays as much strength as it can muster while exuding an impressive measure of battle pride. Reminiscent of an old war-torn soldier, this image brings me a moment of pause. I am inspired with honor for those who wear the uniforms of freedom. A Hardy salute to this little war hero; Semper-fi!

Mushroom in the Wild

Captive Napa Shroom
Captive Napa Shroom | Source

Captive Napa Shroom

This image brings with it the feeling of capture and abandonment. The mushroom, Captive Napa Mushroom, appears to be entwined in restraints and somewhat hidden behind the bright green leaves of its captors. Its clearly naked torso holds up the abused wafer-like body of a frail starving prisoner. The skeletal ribbed structure emitting from tightly drawn flesh is visibly disturbing. Tilted by the weakness incarceration brings, it struggles to find its freedom, only to shyly reseed into the damp dregs of its fated captive existence.

Tiny Mushrooms

 Mushroom Scout Troop 716
Mushroom Scout Troop 716 | Source

Mushroom Scout Troop 716

Strolling through my property, I happened upon what appeared to be a traveling troop of (1 inch at their tallest) Mushrooms. The descending size brought back mental images of a long ago scout troop as they hiked through the forest, the smallest hikers trailing off toward the end of the line. This Mushroom Scout Troop 716, thoroughly intrigued me as I cast my memories aside to shoot their portrait. I was certain that campfire stories and smores were in their very near future.

Soft Mushrooms

Marshmallow Mushrooms
Marshmallow Mushrooms | Source

Marshmallow Mushrooms

This tidy little trio of mushrooms looked velvet soft and golden brown, reminding me of those cool fall nights sitting fireside. Their coloring and protruding stick edged me to recall campfire toasted marshmallows. We always knew the most important tool was the perfect roasting stick. Wrestling one another to grab that one slightly curved but sturdy twig for poking our marshmallows. Constant turning over the flames would render a beautifully golden brown creamy smooth marshmallow for enjoying. These Marshmallow Mushrooms were the image that motivated me to add sugary melted goodness to my dessert plate that evening. I can still taste the soothing sweetness.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

NEVER EAT A WILD MUSHROOM THAT YOU FIND. IT TAKES YEARS OF STUDY TO DETERMINE WHICH WILD MUSHROOMS ARE SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION. ONLY EXPERTS CAN MAKE A SAFE ASSESSMENT OF WILD MUSHROOMS.

Want to learn a quick and easy way to grow edible mushrooms at home?

Unique Mushroom Photographs

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Tree Invading MushroomsTilted ShroomInvasion of the Mushrooms Mushroom FanMushroom HillMushroom SubwayStepping Stone fungusTurkey Tail ShroomPine rider ShroomPooling Mushroom RainStairway to Mushroom HeavenCottonball ShroomsFans of MushroomClinging MushroomsShroomy Festival SeatingBowing MushroomNear end MushroomFungus HighwayFleshroomMushroom Chalice
Tree Invading Mushrooms
Tree Invading Mushrooms | Source
Tilted Shroom
Tilted Shroom | Source
Invasion of the Mushrooms
Invasion of the Mushrooms | Source
Mushroom Fan
Mushroom Fan | Source
Mushroom Hill
Mushroom Hill | Source
Mushroom Subway
Mushroom Subway | Source
Stepping Stone fungus
Stepping Stone fungus | Source
Turkey Tail Shroom
Turkey Tail Shroom | Source
Pine rider Shroom
Pine rider Shroom | Source
Pooling Mushroom Rain
Pooling Mushroom Rain | Source
Stairway to Mushroom Heaven
Stairway to Mushroom Heaven | Source
Cottonball Shrooms
Cottonball Shrooms | Source
Fans of Mushroom
Fans of Mushroom | Source
Clinging Mushrooms
Clinging Mushrooms | Source
Shroomy Festival Seating
Shroomy Festival Seating | Source
Bowing Mushroom
Bowing Mushroom | Source
Near end Mushroom
Near end Mushroom | Source
Fungus Highway
Fungus Highway | Source
Fleshroom
Fleshroom | Source
Mushroom Chalice
Mushroom Chalice | Source

What do You See When You Look Through Your Camera Lens?

Find your own every day object and turn it into an image that shows just how unusual, usual can truly be. These beautifully ugly photos of Napa mushrooms offer an interesting look at what we normally would walk past or kick into the street. When taking your own pictures, slow down a bit and SEE the things around you. Possibly you will find something very special among the mundane.

Mushroom Poster

Napa, California Mushroom Poster
Napa, California Mushroom Poster | Source

What You Think Really Does Matter

Have you taken pictures of wild mushrooms before?

  • No. Not really into taking pictures of anything.
  • No. Mushroms are just an odd thing to photograph.
  • I did once, but only because I saw some that were interesting enough to snap pictures of.
  • Yes! I really enjoy taking pictures of mushrooms or anything in the wild.
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Comments for "Beautifully Ugly Photographs of Wild Mushrooms from Napa, California" 48 comments

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Beautiful photos and an inspiration to anyone taking photos! Great hub too.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Peggy~ HubPages is a wonderful community and I would be sad without it! Honored to be part of a cool 3-author series on Mushroom photographs!

Loving the HubLove~

K9


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for the HubHugs! Now all three of our mushroom hubs are interlinked. Looking good!!! :))


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Peggy W~ Awesome! I look forward to sharing the HubLove as well. I am so honored you found the images of Mushrooms here up to par! I am fortunate to have such a variety of shrooms to choose from right here on my property. WannaB Writer lives pretty close to us and she said her variety of mushrooms is not as broad. I will have to invite her over for a mushroom shoot of her own sometime! :)

Thanks SO much for sharing your remarks.

Huge HubHugs~

K9


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Loved this! Just read a mushroom hub from leahlefer which I linked to my mushroom hub and will do the same with this one. She linked this one and mine to hers. Isn't HubLove sweet! Amazing photographs and I loved the thought process that went into labeling them. You are very creative! Up, beautiful and interesting votes.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Maddie Ruud~ How cool to find your comments here today! I wouldn't want to eat these mushrooms either, but I am glad you find them appealing to your eyes. I sure appreciate your kind remarks! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Big HubHugs~

K9


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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

These photographs are BEAUTIFUL!!! Usually, when I look at mushrooms I think about how much I hate eating them, but you've made them into art even I can appreciate.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

femmeflashpoint~ You are too kind...however I so appreciate you sharing your thoughts and approval. I like that little Semp-Fi Mushroom very much myself, and am happy someone else has found him worthy. This mushroom is powerful in its simplicity to say the least.

Grateful for your support femmeflashpoint!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Eiddwen~ I have missed you my friend! Nice to see you in the HubHood today. Totally honored that you found the work up to your standards, means a lot to me. Thank you for the votes and comments! :)

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Beata Stasak~ Thank you for your comments. I am flattered you enjoyed the work.

Cheers~

K9


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

I would have never, ever thought to have come up with a collection of mushroom photos. I'm happy to see someone was thinking outside the box! This is an extraordinary compilation! I even picked out favorites!

Disembarking and the Scout Troop are two and three, and in that order. However, of course, my favorite is the Semper Fi. ;)

Adding the video was an excellent idea as well!

Thumbs up and voted up!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What great photos and interesting hub.

I loved it and vote up here without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eiddwen.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

What a beautiful hub about mushrooms...learnt so much and enjoyed your images enormously...'poetry is all around us'


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

WannaB Writer~ Our location stays pretty moist year round with quite mature pine and oak trees which allow for many fungus spoors to ignite--of sorts. Rich soil from years of pine needle and Maple leaf fall, mulching, gardening and rotting tree stumps that lurk well beneath thick layers of ivy each add to the increased mushroom variety. I had never before found a turkey tail (the flat striped fan) mushroom anywhere in California until I moved to Napa. These are the darlings that motivated the search for more mushrooms to take pictures of. We also have a worm farm and raise chickens, which add to the probability for a wide variety of spoors. It's a regular mushroompaloosa right on our little Napa homestead! I would not trade it for anything.

Cheers~

K9


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I also live in wine country, but it's very dry here in the Templeton Gap. We have a lot of different trees and scrap materials as well, but I think the difference might be the lack of rainfall. I find most mushrooms in the conifer section of the property when I do see them, but they are pretty ordinary looking -- none of those fancy varieties you showed us.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

wannaBwriter~ I think we have so many mushrooms on our property because we have so many different trees and sunny vs shady areas throughout the property. Old wood piles, pottery, ivy and the likes also add to the recipe for variety. Napa also has a very fertile weather pattern that makes it great for grapes which is also fantastic for mushrooms. It has been a delightful romp between the average looking to the absurd fungus, which makes for a very fun photo op! It is a pleasure to see you stopped by, thank you for leaving your thoughts!

Cheers~

K9


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I'm straining to believe you found so many different kinds of mushrooms on your own property. I'm lucky if I can find one or two total mushrooms on mine -- even during rainy season. Great photos, and I loved your imaginative names for them.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Jane@MC~ Thanks, I'm glad you approve!


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Jane@CM 5 years ago

Mushrooms - what a cool subject to photograph. The pictures turned out well!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

viking~ Thanks for the wonderful comments. It was one of those "once in a great while" events for a photographer! I really like the Dis em Barking Mushroom image because of this. I found the crazy shot in my neighbors front yard. With great disbelief I popped off several photos until my camera batteries were depleted.

Thank you for stopping over today!

HubHugs~

K9


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viking305 5 years ago from Ireland

Fantastic photos of mushrooms, you are a great photographer! Especially like the one of the Dis em Barking Mushrooms photo.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Movie Master, Gypsy Willow, cherylone, CMHypno~ I have found several new and outstanding photo galleries since the start of the contest yesterday and I just can't wait to see more of the great poems, creative stories, and galleries to come!

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the Wild Mushroom Pictures here. I am over-joyed that you found the Gallery acceptable.

Cheers~

K9


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

An amazing hub and wonderful photographs, the winged fungus is simply beautiful.

voting up, best wishes MM


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Great pics of some beautiful fungus. Sensible warning too!


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

I loved your pictures and your titles of them. Great job!


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CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Never knew that mushrooms could be so cool - you have some amazing shots here!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Happyboomernurse~ You are so right! It's the little things that make life so special, including mushrooms! I am so thrilled that you made it by and that you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your lovely comments,votes and well wishes my friend!

Huge HubHugs~

K9


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! This is amazing! Reminds one to take a closer look at things we usually barely see and never think of as beautiful. Some of these pics are absolutely stunning. Voted up across the board except for funny. Good luck in the contest. This is a wonderful entry.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise! I knew I could count on you to get the "Fun-guy" thing! I made SimeyC actually write the "GROAN" in the contest thread (the one where we can post the links) with fungi humor. Thanks for your kind remarks my friend, nice to see you here today.

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

leahlefler~ Wow Leah, I would like to get a peek at those gorgeous Indian pipe mushrooms you took pictures of sometime! Thanks for making it by today to look at a few mushroom snapshots. I adore finding the beauty among the drab things in life, and these mushrooms were a grand opportunity to do so. I really appreciate you sharing your local woods story here.

HubHugs~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very cool photo series here K9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views of these 'fun guys' LOL


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leahlefler 5 years ago from Western New York

There is fungus among us! What beautiful photographs, K9keystrokes - I once took pictures of really gorgeous indian pipe mushrooms in our local woods. Who knew that mushrooms could be beautiful? Great hub!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Pamela99~ So glad to see you came by today! I appreciate that you liked the mushroom images. Up close, even the ugliest mushroom can be beautiful. For some of these fungi, it really took some long study to find that beauty though! Thanks for sharing your comments!

HubHugs~

K9


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

How unique! I love your mushroom pictures. I guess I never thought of them as beautiful before.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

oceansnsunsets~ I hope you do make it to NAPA someday, It's a beautiful place year round. I am flattered that you enjoyed the Mushroom Pictures. I appreciate that you shared your comments here today.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ What a great outing that must have been, to hunt for wild morels! I think you are brilliant for taking a mycologist with you on your next hunt. Thanks for sharing your mushroom adventure with us today! I am always so pleased to see you have stopped by my friend!

Huge HubHugs and a Deeply shared Shalom~

K9


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Very cool K9! I love the photography of mushrooms you have shared here, well done! Napa Valley is a beautiful area, I hope to go there one day. Great hub!


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

Gorgeous pictures! We went mushroom hunting about 6 months ago for the first time (further east, near Nevada City). Unfortunately, we didn't find much that time at all (we were looking for morels), but we're going to try up along the coast in December with a mycologist. Thank you and shalom, my friend!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Just Ask Susan~ You are so kind. I am thrilled that you like the mushroom picture gallery, it means a lot coming from you. Thanks for the well wishes, I will surely need them! I am looking forward to seeing all of the high quality articles to come from the community over the next month. Thank you for making it by today Susan, you bring me joy my dear friend!

Super HubHugs

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

leann2800~ Photographing mushrooms is really fun, you have a chance to snap away with many settings and angles. Most of the time the sun is hiding behind clouds when the mushrooms are out in abundance, making for some perfect natural and soft lighting choices. I hope you have a blast creating your own gallery of these fun little guys! Thank you for sharing your story here today.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

amymarie_5~ So glad you enjoyed the mushroom pix, I had a great time snapping them. Thank you for such nice remarks!

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Flora~ After seeing your awesome hub about your Tabby cats anniversary, I bet if you decided to snap some mushroom pictures they would be amazing! Thank you for stopping by today.

HubHugs~

k9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

SimeyC~ LOL! You make me smile. I'm pretty sure you miss read those rules, as when I looked at them it was written "SimeyC"...;) Thanks for the kind words.

HubHugs~

K9


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Amazing hub and photography K9! I always learn so much from your hubs. I never knew that one could photograph a mushroom and make it look so beautiful.

Good luck my friend.


leann2800 5 years ago

This is so timely. I have been trying to photograph mushrooms all week. They just remind me of fairies and little creatures. I love to look at them but not eat them. Thanks for the information.


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amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

These pictures are simply awesome. Who knew that mushrooms could be so interesting to look at? I also learned a thing or two. Rated up and awesome!!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

we have a lot of fungi growing around here.Mushrooms are a BC industry. I've never taken pictures of them before.


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SimeyC 5 years ago from NJ, USA

I hate to tell you this, but I think I saw a line in the competition rules that K9Keystrokes wasn't allowed to enter! :-)

Being serious though - some really detailed and amazing pictures here - great job!

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