At first, my absurd passion for chasing across fields, up hills, under undergrowth, through various dense forests in the deep damp Somerset autumn countryside for a morsel of fungal breakfast was given the name 'Gastro-Mycology'. After several meaningful e-discussions with Steve Pencall (editor of "Spore Print", the journal of the Los Angeles Mycological Society), he said to me, "No, it's called mycophagy: Myco - fungus, phage - eater, you know.".

I stand ever corrected.

Treasures of the forest trails

I have a new-found love affair with digital photography. I have found a good use for this passion, in capturing some of the lovely specimins I uncover on my long walks in the special places I know in the Somerset countryside. These places include Neroche Forest, the Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve and Herne Hill in my home town of Ilminster.

I would like to share some of the more interesting and attractive shots with you. Hope you like.

Oyster Mushrooms Chanterelles Shaggy Ink Cap
Oyster Mushrooms
Pleurotus Ostreatus
Cantherellus Cibarius
Shaggy Ink Cap
Coprinus Comatus
Ear Mushrooms Cauliflower Mushroom Chicken of the Woods
Judas' (Jews) Ear
Auricula Auricularia Judae
Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis Crispa
Chicken of the Woods
Laetioporus Sulphureus
Parasol Mushrooms Velvet Shank
Parasol Mushroom
Lepiota Rhacodes
Velvet Shank
Flammulina Velutipes

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Mycological links

o Mushroom Cultivation (UK)
o Bioimages Database
o The Fungal Gazette (NY)
o Kombucha mushroom info
o CanedInTotnes - Cannabis and Magic Mushrooms on the web

Recommended field guides

  Title by Illustrations Quantity Good Bad
o o o o o Mushrooms and Toadstools Collins Gem
Pocket Guide
Excellent 230+ Small with
clear pictures
o o o Mushroom Magic Michael Jordan Ok Small Good reading Not a field guide
o o o The Mushrooms and
Toadstools of the
Britain & NW Europe
Marcel Bon Ok 1500+ Comprehensive Too many!
o The Oxford Book of
Flowerless Plants
Bad 250 - Illustrations
o o o o o A Passion for
Antonio Carluccio Photos 100 Recipes! -

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