Mycena Mushrooms

a group of mycena mushrooms in the fraser valley of british columbia
Mycena Mushrooms
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   While failing to find good Fall colours this year I did manage to find a lot of great mushrooms. The trouble is, I have a hard time identifying them. I am great with native plants (Washington State and British Columbia), but just awful with Fungi. I do think this group can be narrowed down to the Genus Mycena (which contains over 500 species). Experts tell me for real identification I’d need detailed photos of the underside and perhaps even spores to look at under the microscope! Drives me nuts not to have a species pinned down, but I think I’m going to have to let it go this time!

   For this photo I tried a few angles but concluded the only way to get a nice shot would be to lay down on the ground – and it worked!

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3 Responses to “Mycena Mushrooms”

  1. This is a very good photograph of the mushrooms. Loved it.

  2. Love the tip of the hat to these mushrooms. It’s funny how these little guys (or girls?) often get neglected in favor of real plants. But they are quite fascinating and do make for some great images so long as one is willing to get down and dirty. By the way if you are wondering about my bias towards mushrooms it might have something to do with the fact that my last name “Pilz” is German for mushroom. I always knew I was a fungi. Nice picture. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks for the comments – the other thing I like about mushrooms is they are a subject that tends to sit still while I am trying to photograph!

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