December 5, 2016
Here in Northern California, after an extended drought that saw some short term relief with a decent rainy season last year, we’re understandably hesitant to become overly giddy about early rains in October and November. But at the least, the early rains have meant an early bounty of wild mushrooms. I’m admittedly not enough of a forager or mycologist to be able to identify them well enough to chance taking a nibble. I like mushrooms well enough, but am more than happy to buy my edibles at Whole Foods or Safeway. The risk/reward is too great for me to start chowing down my photographic subjects.
Below is a gallery of mushroom images I’ve taken over my last three hikes on Mount Tamalpais. I apologize for the lack of mushroom identifications in the captions. Although I’m learning to winnow down the choices, I’d rather omit the information than misidentify them. To get a better view of the gallery, click on the first image and scroll through the gallery (I highly recommend viewing them full screen for better detail).