In the winter and spring months, mushrooms take the place of flowers. Their colors can be brilliant, even the toxic varieties make great subjects.
This will be a crawl around on the forest floor sort of adventure. You will need to be reasonably fit, and able to crawl around on the ground. Expect moist and chilly conditions. Salt Point is a legal mushroom gathering area, but only gather varieties you are very familiar with. Know that mushrooms can and do kill people. Touching them will not hurt you- they have to be ingested. There is a certain respect or a code among people that do this- leave no trace, let the little ones grow, don't disturb the roots of the mushroom and be 100% of your identification.
To foray- you will need a large basket, a knife, a pastry brush and possibly David Arora's Pocket Guide- All The Rain Promises and More. I also like to wear knee pads and use gardening gloves. If you have never done this before, don't trust yourself to identify mushrooms as food on your own. I can help, but I don't want a million questions all day either. Do not put your mushrooms in a backpack or in a plastic bag, they will just smash into a ball.
To photograph- you will need a light tripod and a release, a macro lens, a possible rain cover/camera shelter, a ring light if you have one, and maybe a flash unit. Tip- long exposures are better than flashy images. Mushrooms tend to be wet and often reflective of flash.
The forest will be cold (55*+/-) moist, and dark (for photography). In addition to your foray or camera gear, bring a sac lunch and two bottles of water. This will be an exploring and off the trail type of adventure. Please stay within shouting distance so we don't get separated. Park in the dirt space across from Stump Beach. If you are late, we will start without you. There is no cell service in the area. Please try to carpool. Riders, please expect to pay your driver $5-$10 towards gas and wear. It's about 1 hour 20 minutes from Sebastopol. If you need to leave early, please let me know. This forrest is large and dense- I'd hate to leave someone behind thinking they left already.