C Ribet Mushroom Art Photographs

Mushroom Art for Sale by Artist C Ribet

The mushroom kingdom is very diverse, and the wild mushroom pictures you see at this site only represent a very few of the various kinds of wild mushrooms and fungi which I photograph for the raw material from which to create the final mushroom art prints for the wild mushroom art gallery. Most of the fungus and mushroom pictures you see here (click the Back or Next arrows to navigate through the on-line slide show of mushroom pictures and fungi art photographs) are of wild mushrooms from the Santa Cruz mountains in Northern California. These mountains hold some of the last remaining redwood forests in the United States, and these forests are great sources of wild mushrooms for photography - particularly in the winter months. The coastal redwood forests provide a great source of organic material, living and dead, and they support many varieties of fungi from all areas of the fungi kingdom. It is a privilege to be able to capture subjects for these mushroom pictures while roaming in the majestic setting of such ancient forests.

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It usually isn't hard to find mundane fungi and mushroom subjects for mushroom photography (just snap some pictures of the dry rot eating away at the wood in your basement), but it isn't always easy to find fungi subjects 'worthy' of fine art mushroom photography or to capture wild mushroom photographs which will provide the enhanced digital images from which wild mushroom art prints can be printed. While mushroom mycology means that one may well find several kinds of unwanted fungi growing in a dank corner of the basement, fortunately the fungi kingdom is diverse and fungi grow in many more aesthetically appealing and enriching environments suitable for mushroom photography, not only in the forest, but in grasslands (e.g. field mushrooms) and many other more rich and colorful locations as well. In order to find the raw materials from which to build the master mushroom photograph for a C Ribet wild mushrooms art print, both luck and art must come together to provide the mycological micro-environment around the mushrooms which will give the mushroom photograph the character to grow from a mere mushroom photograph through a mushroom photograph master and eventually to a final wild mushroom art print. Creating wild mushroom art prints from wild mushrooms are a special kind of mycological adventure. Finding the wild mushrooms for the prints is just the first step in the mushroom photography process. Luckily the mycological world of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom is broad and there is no shortage of fine subjects for wild mushroom art prints.

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The mycological micro-environment surrounding the wild mushroom or wild mushrooms in a mushroom photograph is often what separates run-of-the-mill mushroom photographs from mushroom photographs which are destined to go through the transformation process to ultimately yield wild mushroom art prints. Fungi themselves are very diverse, and so are the environments in which they thrive. At times the best wild mushroom photograph for fungi photograph, and the one on a day's outing which may yield a final wild mushroom art print, is the mushroom photograph with the 'least' mushroom and the 'most' evocative surroundings (for example, Mute Ovation shown at Gallery California). Under other circumstances, the best mushroom photograph is the one with the 'most' mushroom and the 'least' surroundings (for example, Delight at Gallery California). Even the most physically similar wild mushrooms will virtually always be strikingly different, given different surroundings.

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While the ancient coastal redwood forests of California provide a great abundance of mushrooms as subject for wild mushroom photos and fungi for mushroom art photography and art prints, not all of the mushroom photos and mushroom prints at the gallery art site (see http://gallerycalifornia.com) are of mushrooms growing in those forests. Fungi are abundant in many other places as well. For example, the main Gallery California art gallery site has mushroom photos of fungi and mushrooms from the North Woods of Wisconsin, and it shows mushroom art prints and wild mushroom photos of mushrooms and fungi from many other places in California. The wild mushroom photographs you see displayed in this mushroom picture slide show are mostly from California, however.

© C Ribet 2013