Collection location: Los Trancos Preserve, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., California, USA [Click for map]
These are probably the best looking ones of these I have found yet. The freshes with the best scaly stipe and veil fragments on the margin.
But this is one of the species that I wanted photgraph, when I start to photgraph species. I had a problem with the fact for this one, that for field guides, they would have space for one photo of a species, and for this one they would choose the best photo possible. So, you get these photos of thick shaggy stipes, glistening with dew, and veil fragments hanging inches long from the margins of the cap. And you never, ever see this, these are once in a lifetime type of shots. I would be at group events, and there would be a small pile of these, but with smooth stipes and clean cap margins, and no one would say what they were. I would say, oh those are S. ambigua, and they would open up the field guide, and point to the photo, and say, but they don’t look like this. I would say, yes, yes, but they never ever look like that.
So, I started to get photos of mushrooms, as they are, as you will find them. With dried caps, and withered stipes, and features missing.
So, I don’t like these photos, they are too nice. Please forgive me on these.