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Hope you enjoy my photos below! Take a look at my Species List which is currently being updated!
Chris Hardwick - 2004 and 2007 President of the Colorado Mycological Society, Scientist by profession, Amateur Mycologist, Webmaster and Owner of Caps and Stems Dot Com.  Look at these HUGE Boletes!

Here are some morels growing in a strange clump formation.  I found these down by Waterton Canyon in Colorado.Mycology is something enjoyed by all ages!There's nothing like finding your favorite mushroom!
The mountains of Colorado are home to some of the most diverse mushrooms in the world.
Lunch time during a foray.WOW! This is a HUGE puffball!This is the edible Bolete that everyone searches for.  It's the most sought after mushroom in Colorado.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.  I used this one for the Caps and Stems banner!An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.  I used this one for the Caps and Stems banner!An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.  I used this one for the Caps and Stems banner!
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
This mushroom is Galerina mycena, a very small mushroom not worth eating because of it's size.This mushroom is Galerina mycena, a very small mushroom not worth eating because of it's size.This mushroom is Galerina mycena, a very small mushroom not worth eating because of it's size.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified species of Russula.An unidentified species of Russula.An unidentified species of Russula.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.
This is an unusual growth formation of Lactarius deliciosus.This is an unusual growth formation of Lactarius deliciosus.This is an unusual growth formation of Lactarius deliciosus.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.An unidentified species of Cortinarius.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified species of Cortinarius found on a foray.An unidentified species of Cortinarius found on a foray.This is an unidentified species of Cortinarius found on a foray. The genus of Cortinarius is a large and diverse group of mushrooms that contains over one thousand species, of which some members are deadly with delayed symptoms for up to two weeks! They are generally easy to identify to genus because of the characteristic cobwebby veil (that often disappears in age) and the rusty-brown spore print. However, they are notoriously hard to identify to species.  This is a classic example of the cobweb like veil that you see on the cap as it opens up.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
This mushroom is Russula emetica (see My Species List for more details about this mushroom).This mushroom is Russula emetica (see My Species List for more details about this mushroom).This mushroom is Russula emetica (see My Species List for more details about this mushroom).
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.
An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.An unidentified mushroom found on a foray.



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Mushroom Identification is like....mushroom identification. There's nothing like mushroom identification. I mean, if you do mushroom identification it's not like you are a mushroom identifier or anything, it's just mushroom identification. And for those that are experts in mushroom identification, you better watch your mushroom identification because mushroom identification is not like any other identification.