The Deer Hunter
It was a very ominous scene on a cold Winter morning along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Down to Earth
Hygrocybe cantharellus and young coral mushroom growing in a mossy patch of a Minnesota woods.
Egg Yolks In The Moss
There is a special thrill to stumbleing upon a field of Chanterelle's in the summer. There we're hundreds in this area, but I especially loved the mossy background color to the egg-yolk yellow of the mushrooms of this small group.
This mushroom is Calvatia craniformis. It is a variety of edible, puffball mushroom and common in Minnesota. This one was about the size of a mans head.
I just enjoyed the deep green and stark white contrast of the mushrooms.
This is Lenny, wonder dog and mushroom hunter extraordinaire, with two Maitake mushrooms also called "hen of the Woods".
This caught my eye one morning. It is a fungi, growing on a fallen tree, that has had a leaf laying upon it for a long enough period of time to leave a perfect impression in vivid detail.
I really liked the way the light provided a beam from above as if this mushroom had been singled out.
Often some of the most unnoticed life in the Minnesota woods is more beautiful than the obvious. This is a fungi called Phlebia radiata and is often referred to as a "Crust Fungus".
This tree was enormous, but had been "topped" by a storm in its distant past. The fungi on it are often referred to as elephant ears, for obvious reason. Each of these were larger than a dinner plate and had developed a very lacquered look over the years.
Mike Kempenich has spent a lifetime in the forests and Prairies of Minnesota photographing and studying mushrooms and wildlife and is the principal owner of a company called The Mikeology Store, which specializes in exotic edible mushroom cultivation.