Collection location: Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]
Fruiting in a troop on a lawn. Bright yellow bruising on stipe base and pileus when cut. Bruises yellow instantly and fades pretty quickly. Mild phenolic odor. Gills were pale beige when cut.
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You might be interested in the books of Clare Walker Leslie, who teaches the artistic and not so artistic how to keep a nature journal and says exactly what you just said, that the act of drawing helps inform. She encourages using words and pictures together. I’ve learned most of what I know about drawing in nature from her books.
I am no great shakes as a an illustrator; however, I’ve had to learn to draw microscopic anatomy in self-defense. I find that I cannnot describe a tissue accurately unless I have drawn it. My mentor, Dr Bas said that he made his students draw fish with all their scales before talking about drawing mycological anatomy.
I like how much “better” I see things, mushrooms included, when I draw them rather than take photos. It helps with identification but it’s also just plain fun! I’m continuously amazed by things I see as I draw that I never would’ve noticed any other way.
I like your drawings & amanitarita’s also. One advantage is you
can combine lots of features from different specimens — create
the “ideal” Agaricus xanthodermus.
I am very glad that a few people, including yourself, are posting drawings to MO. Drawings teach one to see and to see as others see.