San Francisco Mushroom Log – Winter 2019

I was once the person who said “eeewww, a mushroom” when I saw one outside of the supermarket. I understand the foreignness of their forms, but I’ve embraced them and really enjoy walking around, getting some exercise and looking for them. NEVER EAT A MUSHROOM WITHOUT A POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION FROM AN EXPERIENCED MUSHROOMER WHO STILL…

It’s Mushroom Time in San Francisco, Well Almost

Can you believe it’s almost fall? Another season has drifted by, one day flowing into another without much notice, until you start hearing people talk about Christmas gifts and how to Hygge this year. Is Hygge-ing still in? Or is there a new trend?  It disturbs me a little bit that time flies by so…

Mushrooms of San Francisco 1

Golden Gate Park is a mushroom wonderland.  The variety I’ve seen in just the last three years since spotting my first one is surprising. I haven’t been able to identify most of them even with the aid of a few books. I have read that only a small percentage of mushrooms have been identified. Thousands more have…

The Mushroom that Started it All

Clathrus Ruber, aka red basket stinkhorn, red cage mushroom, lattice mushroom, or the freakiest fungi around (for me), was the first wild mushroom I ever really took notice of. It was under a beautifully maintained tree in Golden Gate Park and when I first saw it, I thought it was a baby toy. The kind that…