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Mushroom Art for Sale by Artist C Ribet

Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style. Above is one of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi Photos. Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. 

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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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi Photos. Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style. Buy African wildlife photographs, California oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet.

Consider for yourself a reasonably distant visual perspective of a wild mushroom. Now imagine removing a troop of 'identical' mushrooms from their surroundings, suspend them from their mycological environment, keep this distant perspective, and visually inspect them in your mind. Although you know that every mushroom is uniquely different from every other, they all appear identical from this perspective. When you remove these mushrooms from their surroundings like this, how closely do you have to examine them to see their differences? However one might like to say it, from this perspective, one can't really say that all the individual mushrooms are clearly unique - in the absense of the visual impact of their surroundings. Under those circumstances from a reasonably distant perspective, they all appear identical! Every mushroom photograph will be the same. Every derived mushroom print will be the same. Now, mentally place them back in their wild surroundings. Look at one and then another. Imagine the resulting wild mushroom photograph. What now sets each apart from the other is the environment around them. This interplay within the mycology of the mushroom kingdom is often the essence of the 'art' in the wild mushroom art print.

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If conditions are right, the fungus will continue to grow over many many seasons. This fact that the mushroom is just the fruiting body, and not the long-lived organism itself, is why if you are out mushroom picking, and you are very careful to remove only the mushroom and not disturb the underlying fungus body (the mycelium) you should be able to return again to the same spot for more mushroom picking the next season. On the other hand, if in your mushroom picking you carelessly uproot the mushrooms by ripping and pulling out the mycelium, you will likely damage the fungus itself, and you may kill it and never find it in that spot again.

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Mushroom kingdom. Fungus kingdom. Fungi kingdom. Mushrooms, fungi! What's the difference? The words fungus and mushroom or fungi and mushrooms are often freely substituted for one another. Fungi kingdom is mushroom kingdom and likewise mushroom kingdom is fungi kingdom. Common usage often doesn't really distinguish much between the two terms mushroom and fungi, but there is a difference. Properly speaking a mushroom is a fruitbody of a fungus. When you inspect a wild mushroom or a troop of wild mushrooms, you may never see the underlying fungus at all. It may be hidden under the soil or concealed out of sight inside the bark of a tree or stump from which the mushrooms spring forth. Without the fungus, there would be no mushrooms at all. The fungus multiplies when the mushroom releases spores which land in a nourishing spot and germinate.

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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi Photos. Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Visit the online gallery to browse Mushroom Artwork for sale as fine art prints, photo prints, greeting cards, canvas prints and other artwork presentation formats ready to hang gallery style.

Whether as a photographer you are taking pictures of people, pictures of plants and animals, or pictures of mushrooms, you will always find that you arrive back home at the end of the day with great hopes and expectations, but you may often be disappointed! The advent of digital photography has made the entire process an order of magnitude easier than it has been traditionally with conventional film photography, but it is by no means certain that you will capture a scene's mood and composition as it appears to you when you are photographing it. When you are out taking pictures of mushrooms and fungi, all of the existing problems which the traditional film photographer encounters are still problems to surmount no matter what technology lies behind the lense to capture the light image. Pictures of mushrooms and pictures of fungi also present extra and unique challenges to the photographer.

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The fungi kingdom, or mushroom kingdom, makes up its own kingdom because fungi are not animals, and fungi are not plants. Fungi and mushrooms do not photosynthesize and instead derive their energy from the decaying organic matter which supports them. This means they are not dependent upon the sun like most plants. This doesn't mean that all wild mushrooms grow in dark caves, however. For many fungi and wild mushrooms of the fungi kingdom the sun and the warmth it provides are essential to their life cycle. Additionally, many of the fungi kingdom live as parasites to living hosts which require sunlight to grow, and others live in a relationship with sun-loving hosts which is mutually beneficial to each (these fungi are called mycorrhizal fungi). What does all that mean for someone hunting wild mushrooms for mushroom photography to create wild mushroom art prints from those mushroom photographs? It means that on your search for your elusive wild mushroom art subjects part of your time will be spent shivering while peering into a cold, damp, dark and moldy corner of decaying stumps, but you may also find yourself out in sunny spring meadows or strolling through springtime oak savannas. 

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One of the wild Mushroom Art Prints for sale by artist C Ribet at the C Ribet Zenfolio gallery section devoted to Mushroom Art and Fungi Photos. Click on the Mushroom art photograph above to be transported to the gallery section on Mushroom and Fungi artwork. Buy African wildlife photographsCalifornia oak tree photos and landscapes of California's oak clad hillsides at the online photography gallery as well as a huge variety of abstract photography of water and dew artworks for sale by artist C Ribet 

Not many of the original pictures of mushrooms I take will make it all the way to become a mushroom watercolor giclee print. There are so many variables involved in just capturing a fine art mushroom photograph that it is always at least very hard and frequently quite impossible to get everything perfect in the field. Sometimes it seems impossible even to capture a body of reasonable pictures of fungi to begin with, and that is just the first step to obtain the original pictures of the mushrooms from which to ultimately make the final mushroom watercolor giclee prints. This is not a unique problem to making art giclee style watercolors of fungi or to fungi art in general.


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