Martincito's picture

Other websites for the mushroom-minded?

I wonder where mushroom-minded folk spend their time when there is a lull here, other than in the fresh air of course. For example I've just discovered the Wild About Britain Fungi Forums http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/fungi-forums/ where I saw at least one familiar nickname! What are your favourite places on the internet where we can indulge our obsession?

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Fenwickfield's picture

looked too

I have had a look at that site too and have just joined the A.B.F.G forum very interesting site were you can discuss all things to do with fungi.I had this problem of Fungi hunting emptiness withdrawal symptoms late last year when the weather was bad so started to try and id lichen's as they survive whatever the weather.I was also surprised that there were still a lot about in mid January when the weather warmed up a little bit.I have started to read more about the subject too and decide which ones I would like to find next year also another fungi friend suggested making a calender with your finds on,so that is a project I am going to do. Roll on the spring and try to brave it out.

Fenwickfield

jhn7's picture

Try birdwatching!!

Look up instead of down - tricky to start with!! Actually from your observations I think you do already. Have you tried
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/index.html?
I also thought I might spend the dark winter sorting out my photos which are organised by date at the moment. I love what Miked has done and he also made his own book .... perhaps not!
(have you seen his site -
www.amanita-photolibrary.co.uk/photo_library/BI_fungi/index.htm)

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Fenwickfield's picture

yes

I remember when he put that on I too would love to do a book but not enough good photos but I am doing a calender as you suggested.I too am sorting my photo's out and sending the ones that are not that good or I have lost the notes on them to the great pixel heaven.I want to start afresh in the new year.I also love the bird watching and it is the only time of year when I get the chance.I also started a list of what I have found and put them in a hardback sketchbook with a small write up and a couple of sketches of my finds line drawing's and a small watercolour,must say rather time consuming so will keep me going for the next 20 winter's.

Sheila

Fenwickfield

Martincito's picture

Wow... I'm in awe of anyone

Wow... I'm in awe of anyone who can illustrate their notes with watercolours... and in a hardback book where you can't really keep tearing out pages... respect!

jhn7's picture

I so agree!

It amazes me when artists can use a few lines and the picture is clearly a type of bird or creature.
I made some calenders for friends and family this year (using Photobox) with collages of photos including some of my favourite fungi alongside countryside views. Here's hoping they like them.
I forgot to mention I will be trying to ID some little brown funglets that got pushed to one side by more exciting finds!!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Martincito's picture

I got a new camera for my

I got a new camera for my birthday specially for photographing birds and visited Minsmere last Friday to try it out. I didn't see much despite the reports of recent sightings of flocks of waxwings etc etc, but did get a few shots. I also saw a magnificent golden-brown mushroom that I think is a Spectacular Rustgill, which would be a very apt name for it, and a deer crossed the road as I left but by then it was almost dark. I've ordered some stains and reagents from the ABFG plus some razor blades from eBay for slicing sections of mushrooms so I'll be able to have even more fun with my recently calibrated microscope. The idea of sorting out the photos and notes is a very good one (if I ever have time), as I have nightmares of iSpot closing down leaving me without a decent record of my observations!

jhn7's picture

One good thing about fungi ...

They don't move!! Good luck with your bird photography, I shall look forward to some stunning observations!

Janet
Certificate in Contemporary Science (Open)

Martincito's picture

Here is another North

Here is another North American site http://mushroomobserver.org/
I've just joined and so not really familiar with it. When I created my profile it said that the UK was an 'unknown country'!