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Mushroom Art for Sale by Artist C Ribet

A mushroom picture really only reveals a little bit about the life of the fungus mycelium which produces the mushroom fruit body you see in the picture. A snapshot of the life of the fungus is really a good term. Because the mushroom itself is merely the fruiting body of the mycelium, taking a mushroom picture shows a snapshot in time - of the time when the mycelium is fruiting, which may sometimes be very brief in a given season. The picture captures this short time out of the longer lifetime of the mycelium, and it also captures only a small physical piece which has sprung of the mycelium - the fruiting body which is the mushroom. 


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Especially for the wild mushroom fine art giclee prints taken of fungi living on the forest floor such as that of the great California coastal redwood forests. The mushroom photographs taken there almost always show aspects of the life cycle of the redwood forest as well as their own. In those pictures there seems to always creep in some of the characteristic organic litter of the redwood forest or the mushrooms themselves in the pictures are growing from a log or fallen redwood branch. A good example of this variety of these sorts of redwood forest wild mushroom photographs is C Ribet The Sage shown at the on-line Gallery California fine art gallery of fine art giclee mushroom prints. In that beautiful mushroom giclee fine art print the redwood log is really the dominant feature, and there is a glimpse of the decaying organic litter beyond the plane of the photograph. That was a picture (taken as a fine art giclee mushroom photograph) which yielded a superb mushroom giclee fine art print. 

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If you chose to do so, you certainly could set out to make a fungi art gallery out of the actual fungus mycelia which produce the mushroom fruit bodies, but then you would miss out on all the great mushrooms the mycelia produce. Taking pictures to create that kind of a fungi gallery would be more like taking pictures to create a rose gallery of rose stems, roots, and petals, instead of a gallery of rose blossoms. Besides, if you uprooted and dug up the mycelium in order to photograph it for your strictly interpreted fungi gallery, you would most likely end up severely damaging the fungus itself or even destroying it completely in your quest for the best fungi image (the mycelium picture, not the mushroom picture). You would create your fungi gallery at only a great expense to the fungi subjects for your pictures. At an intricate level of fine detail, there is much to be appreciated of the fungus mycelium. However, it certainly lacks the visual variety and tremendous color and shape variations which arise in the mushrooms it produces. It turns out that the best fungi picture gallery is a gallery of mushroom pictures, after all.

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The forest provides absolutely everything required by the fungi mycelium. The decaying organic debris of the forest gives the mycelium all the nutrients it will need throughout its life. The organic litter gives it the nourishment it needs to fruit and to yield the beautiful mushrooms you see in the mushroom giclee prints like The Sage and in the fungi pictures from which all of the giclee mushroom prints are created.


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Especially for the wild mushroom fine art giclee prints taken of fungi living on the forest floor such as that of the great California coastal redwood forests. The mushroom photographs taken there almost always show aspects of the life cycle of the redwood forest as well as their own. In those pictures there seems to always creep in some of the characteristic organic litter of the redwood forest or the mushrooms themselves in the pictures are growing from a log or fallen redwood branch. …

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If you chose to do so, you certainly could set out to make a fungi art gallery out of the actual fungus mycelia which produce the mushroom fruit bodies, but then you would miss out on all the great mushrooms the mycelia produce. Taking pictures to create that kind of a fungi gallery would be more like taking pictures to create a rose gallery of rose stems, roots, and petals, instead of a gallery of rose blossoms. …

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The forest provides absolutely everything required by the fungi mycelium. The decaying organic debris of the forest gives the mycelium all the nutrients it will need throughout its life. The organic litter gives it the nourishment it needs to fruit and to yield the beautiful mushrooms you see in the mushroom giclee prints like The Sage and in the fungi pictures from which all of the giclee mushroom prints are created.


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A mushroom picture really only reveals a little bit about the life of the fungus mycelium which produces the mushroom fruit body you see in the picture. A snapshot of the life of the fungus is really a good term. Because the mushroom itself is merely the fruiting body of the mycelium, taking a mushroom picture shows a snapshot in time - of the time when the mycelium is fruiting, which may sometimes be very brief in a given season. …

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The mycelium which is fruiting and producing the mushrooms at the time of a mushroom picture may be anything from a relatively new fungus growth to a much older, established fungus. A well established fungus mycelium may stretch over great areas underground or throughout the mass of a rotting stump or log. It is particularly dramatic to imagine the hidden mycelium of a fungus in a huge redwood stump or log where one sees them within the vestiges of the old growth redwood forests and within the remains of the forests left after decades of ruthless logging. …


Mushroom Art for Sale by Artist C Ribet 08

A mushroom picture really only reveals a little bit about the life of the fungus mycelium which produces the mushroom fruit body you see in the picture. A snapshot of the life of the fungus is really a good term. Because the mushroom itself is merely the fruiting body of the mycelium, taking a mushroom picture shows a snapshot in time - of the time when the mycelium is fruiting, which may sometimes be very brief in a given season. The picture captures this short time out of the longer lifetime of the mycelium, and it also captures only a small physical piece which has sprung of the mycelium - the fruiting body which is the mushroom. 



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The mycelium which is fruiting and producing the mushrooms at the time of a mushroom picture may be anything from a relatively new fungus growth to a much older, established fungus. A well established fungus mycelium may stretch over great areas underground or throughout the mass of a rotting stump or log. It is particularly dramatic to imagine the hidden mycelium of a fungus in a huge redwood stump or log where one sees them within the vestiges of the old growth redwood forests and within the remains of the forests left after decades of ruthless logging. In those ravaged areas, there is no shortage of massive redwood stumps and trunks large enough to nourish fungi for many generations to come. When you browse the pictures in this mushroom and fungi picture gallery, try to imagine the breadth of the fungus network which supports the mushrooms in the pictures. Think of it as a full fungi gallery, and not just a mushroom gallery.


© C Ribet 2013