MykoWeb Mushroom Blog

Volvariella bombycina in full glory

Posted on 05 October 2009 by Taylor Lockwood

Sometime back in the ’80s, I was on my first mushroom photography trip to the Appalachians. It was a hot and sticky day in North Carolina, and I found a beautiful pair of white mushrooms growing out of a small stump. These were special because they each came out of a large cup at the base but were clearly not Amanitas, which don’t grow on wood. More…

Web Watch: Fungal Photography on the Web

Posted on 17 July 2009 by Michael Wood

When I first started MykoWeb so many years ago, I envisioned that soon there would be websites popping up all over the world that documented their local funga[1] with good photographs. After all it was expensive to publish hard copies of color photographs, but cheap to put color photos on the web. Alas, my dream of many fine local fungas on the web has not been fulfilled for a couple of reasons: good mushroom photos are hard to take and there are few willing to devote the time and effort necessary to create a good and lasting website. More…

Web Watch: MykoWeb

Posted on 20 June 2009 by Michael Wood

In this installment of “Web Watch” I am covering MykoWeb. First of all, a disclaimer is needed: since MykoWeb is my site, I cannot promise you a totally objective review!

MykoWeb was one of the first mushroom sites on the World Wide Web. Started on 27 September 1995, it has just celebrated its first birthday as a teenager! Since inception, MykoWeb has grown into what is probably the world’s largest and most informative mycological web site. With over 1400 pages and over 6000 photographs, the information presented is extensive. More…

Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada

Posted on 10 June 2009 by Michael Wood

Last week was the first week of June, which means I was gone to the Sierras. I’m always gone to the Sierras the first week of June. It’s the week of the “Spring Fungi of the Sierra Nevada” class at the San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Station, near Yuba Pass, California. We usually call it the “Yuba Pass” class. More…

WebWatch: Observing Mushrooms

Posted on 06 June 2009 by Michael Wood

Many of you probably expect me to cover my own website, MykoWeb, in this second installment of Web Watch. Instead, I will cover a less well known, but excellent new site, Mushroom Observer. MO may well be the best World Wide Web mycology site that you have never heard of. More…

Morel Mania

Posted on 24 May 2009 by Michael Wood

Or What to Do With Too Many Morels!

You are just back from a very productive trip to the woods with baskets and baskets of prime fresh morels (lucky you!). You eat morels for dinner. You have morels with scrambled eggs for breakfast. You make homemade morel paté to have with cheese and bread for lunch. Morels for dinner again. You love these fresh morels, but it is time to decide that “enough is enough, I must preserve some of these delectable morel morsels for later use”. More…

Morel & Asparagus Omelet

Posted on 16 May 2009 by Michael Wood

Last weekend we spent a short time collecting morels in El Dorado County with our good friend Bob Mackler.  A few pounds of morels were plenty for us to have morels prepared one way or another for most of a week. This morning I made an omelet with the last of the fresh morels collected last weekend. More…

WebWatch: The beginnings of mycology on the World Wide Web

Posted on 14 May 2009 by Michael Wood

The “World Wide Web” and the “Internet” are two terms that are often mistakenly used as synonyms, but they are not the same. The World Wide Web (“Web” or “WWW”) is made up of the documents and other information made available over the Internet, which consists of the computers, routers, wires, and cables that make this information available. In other words, the WWW is the info and the Internet is the infrastructure. More…