When: 2009-10-09

Collection location: Howarth Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)

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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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By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2009-10-12 19:30:51 PDT (-0700)

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 feel the same way…
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-10-12 15:20:52 PDT (-0700)

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.

Very best,


By: Debbie Drechsler (debdrex)
2009-10-11 11:08:54 PDT (-0700)

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.

By: Patrick Harvey (pg_harvey)
2009-10-11 09:42:00 PDT (-0700)

I like your drawings & amanitarita’s also. One advantage is you
can combine lots of features from different specimens — create
the “ideal” Agaricus xanthodermus.


Thank you.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-10-11 08:45:29 PDT (-0700)

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.