Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Not the prettiest kid in town


These are big, heavy, stumpy mushrooms. They're not so pretty and rather awkward and yet, I find them rather endearing. This one was fruiting with some buddies in an ordinary lawn with a coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) which happens to be one of the trees that this mushroom, Boletus amygdalinus, likes to spend time with. One of the many cool things about mushrooms is that some of them change color when bruised or cut. This one instantly turned deep blue. Tom Volk explains very nicely what makes boletes turn blue in an article about a different blueing bolete.

You might be wondering why I drew this mushroom upside down. Remember the big, heavy part? All attempts to keep it upright failed. It just kept tipping over. Without the earth to hold it upright this mushroom likes to stand on it's head.

4 comments:

  1. I have never spent so much time looking for mushrooms until I met you and started reading your bolg. Thanks

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  2. Yes I agree with the above. What medium are you using to color the mushrooms, by the way? It looks like watercolor here, but in other drawings it looks like colored pencils or India Ink.

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  3. I just started using watercolor to paint nature scenes, and find it easier to manipulate than colored India Ink, which, being a would-be cartoonist, was the first colored medium I started working with.

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  4. Hi Chrissy. This one is watercolor but some of the others are colored pencil, ink, ballpoint.

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