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Category : Botanical Photography

22 Aug 2018
Crown Tip Coral Fungi_Artomyces pyxidata (Clavicorona pyxidata)

Crown Tip Coral Fungi

This is mushroom season and it is a good year for you if like growing in the woods on damp soil, rotting wood and other lovely residential villas.  This is a particularly cool species foound on an old log in the forests of PA. Crown Tip Coral Fungi Artomyces pyxidata (Clavicorona pyxidata) Yup, you can eat it.

14 Nov 2017
GINKO LEAVES

GINKO

Ginko leaves in the November light. Gotta love it. Ginkos have been around for quite awhile, about 270 million years or so (give or take a few days).  They are pretty unassuming until autumn when their leaves turn and they create carpets of yellow on the ground.   Some folks enjoy it as a tea or a supplement. I just like to see it.

12 Sep 2017
CICADA

CICADA

I came across this guy during a walk this weekend and boy, did he look exhausted.  After 17 years underground you get one big chance to party.  That must be why they are always singing. Summertime is the right time if you are a cicada but there is no encore, no second chance.  You hatch, you prep, you play and then … well, we try not to think about that, but at least you don’t have to worry about your […]

24 Jul 2017
Chanterelles photographed by Bill Brokaw

Wild Mushrooms

April showers bring May flowers and July showers bring “chanterelles” a delectable, edible wild mushroom.  These lovely specimens were found growing happily deep in the woods in eastern PA. It was a rainy weekend in the northeast and likely put a damp damper on many outdoor summer activities, but the forests love it.  Rain brings growth.  The next time my parade gets rained on I’ll have to remind myself to be on the lookout for growth.

17 Jul 2017

The lesson of the white chicory

Creating macro botanical images for scientific stock is one of my specialites.  I have a background as an ecologist and enjoy being out photographing wild species  for textbooks and scientific publications. Last week I came across a rare white chicory specimen growing along the roadside.  I immediately made plans to return with my gear to document it. Chicory is a lazy flower.  Like a teenager it doesn’t get up until way past sunrise and if it’s cloudy or rainy, forget it. […]