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Macros and Mushrooms

August means mushroom season in the Colorado Rockies. Hundreds of Coloradans head to the hills to gather their share of edible mushrooms each year. A couple years ago, I started learning about our fungal friends, and started taking my camera along on forays, and the resulting images were a lot of fun!

Let's meetup and head to the hills to photograph mushrooms. At this point, I'm thinking of meeting at the dinosaur lots at 8am, and then carpooling to a prime mushroom location. Location is TBD, but likely locales include the Berthoud Pass area, Mt. Evans Wilderness, or Hoosier Pass.

Bring your macro lenses if you have them (a long lens will work in a pinch), your tripod or bean bags to stabilize your camera, and your cable release. Mushrooms typically live where it's shady, and that means slow shutter speeds.

I'm not intending this to be an instructional gathering per se, but will be happy to share my experience.

Be prepared to heel and toe it off-trail. I recommend that you bring along your hiking boots, rain gear, a backpack, water, sunscreen, and snacks. Mushrooms like it moist, so you might get your threads nicely damp and dirty.

After a few hours rolling around on the forest floor, we'll meet back at our vehicles and decide on lunch plans.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent -a whole new world was introduced!

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this outing. Could've stayed alot longer. Thanks for putting it together.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Andy for a great meetup.

    August 11, 2013

  • Debbie G.

    Never shot this subject before. It was a lot of fun.

    August 11, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Andy did a great job of organizing and it was fun to find/photograph mushrooms....clearly a learned skill.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Catherine E

    Glad to carpool - I have room for 2-3 plus gear

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Catherine, if you still have space available, I would like to ride with you tomorrow. We can decide at the parking lot. Thank you

      1 · August 11, 2013

    • Catherine E

      Ivan, that will be fine! See you at 8!

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I made an error, and it'll probably only take between 30 and 45 minutes to reach our destination. So that'll give us a bit more time to roll around on the ground and enjoy our fungus-fest. For those meeting us at the shoot location, we'll be there between 8:45 and 9:00am.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I made an error, and it'll probably only take between 30 and 45 minutes to reach our destination. So that'll give us a bit more time to roll around on the ground and enjoy our fungus-fest. For those meeting us at the shoot location, we'll be there between 8:45 and 9:00am.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading to colorado springs to scout meetup locations for my meetup at the end of the month. hope you find some good shrooms

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you mean the Woolly Mammoth PnR? That's the largest one. Please specify the section, there are many. CC section is just across from the Conoco Station. Should we meet there to carpool? Please respond, thanks.

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, wooly mammoth. If you check the Google maps link below in my post about where we'll be meeting at 8,it will show a way point pointing to where I'll be parked. I wasn't sure about the section name, but yes it's right across from the conoco.

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's the final meet location on Squaw Pass. For all those who either can't meet us in the parking lot, or if we miss you, here it is. Please note that there has been construction on Squaw Pass and when I was up there Thursday, there was one detour. Your GPS might not be happy about it, but the detour will get you back to the main road and where we will meet: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.674054,-105.444965&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x876ba180958f80ad:0xebebccad9e3c871a,39.674054,-105.444965&gl=us&ei=dN0FUtLfG8jAyAGcqIDoDw&ved=0CC8Q8gEwAA

    August 10, 2013

  • Debbie G.

    Andy, where exactly are we going? Charles and I will probably meet you there at 9:15. We will might be cutting out a little early as we have a lot on our plate. Thanks!!

    August 9, 2013

    • Debbie G.

      Thanks Andy.

      August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here's the meet location on Squaw Pass: https://maps.google.co...­

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are dinosaur lots

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last thing...we have a decent waiting list for this meetup. If you need to cancel, do it now so we can bring people from the wait list on board. Not showing up for a wait listed event is bad meetup karma and is inconsiderate to your fellow SWDPT'ers.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Afterwards, those interested will cruise into Idaho Springs for lunchh at Tommyknockers.

    If anyone needs to contact me, my cell is[masked]-3096. Again, please be on-time and ready to go at 8AM so we can leave at 8:15AM.

    Thanks! I look forward to seeing you all!

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup Location: We will meet at the largest of the Dinosaur Lots at I-70 and Hwy 40. Here is a map of the exact location we'll be meeting. http://tinyurl.com/jwkj4vb PLEASE NOTE THE MEETUP LOCATION! WE WILL LEAVE PRECISELY AT 8:15AM! Stragglers will be left behind. Plan accordingly, and please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can coordinate carpools.

    Carpooling is highly recommended. We will figure that out when we meet.Parking at the final location won't be able to accommodate 10 or more cars. If we can squeeze into between 5 and 10-ish, that'd be great.

    We'll arrive at about 9:15am at the shoot location. I think it'd be fun to do introductions there. If anyone has any questions about technique, etc, I'll do my best to help out.

    I'll point out where to look for mushrooms. Time to play!

    We'll shoot for about 2 hours. When our time is up, we'll congregate back at the parking area, and do a headcount to make sure we're all accounted for.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gear, continued...

    • Camera stabilization: a tripod works wonders. Today, I forgot mine, so used my camera bag, sticks, pinecones, and all kinds of cool stuff to stabilize my camera. You don't need to be fancy. Ziplock bags filled with sand can make a great stabilizer for your camera and lens. Keep in mind that a lot of mushies you find will be in the shade, where iso climbs, and shutter speeds lengthen. This is particularly important if you are shooting at a higher aperture (f/8 to f/16) to expand your depth of field. • Cable release: If you have a cable release or IR trigger, bring it along. It'll nearly eliminate camera shake when clicking the shutter release button.

    • Don't wear your church clothes. We'll be laying in the dirt and rolling around, so your clothing should be something you don't mind getting dirty.

    • Knee pads, blankets, foam pads: Bob does it right with foam pads to kneel on. Nothing wrong with a little comfort!

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everybody! I've got a few notes for our mushroom adventure on Sunday. First off...gear!

    • Bring sunscreen and bug spray! The place we'll be ending up had some skeeters this morning when I was up there scouting and shooting. They weren't too bad, but go ahead and spray away. The best mushroom areas are shaded, but that's no reason to skip the sunscreen.
    • Footwear: I'm a fan of chacos in the forest. The terrain is relatively flat but you will encounter tree roots, sticks, rocks, etc. Wear as much support as you safely need.
    • Macro lens: If you don't have one, consider renting one from Camren or Mike's or another local rental shop. They allow you to get up close and personal with our fungal friends. A "macro" designation on a zoom lens isn't the same thing. In a pinch, a long zoom lens will allow you to get a bit closer. Use what you got, but consider renting for the best images if you don't already have a macro lens in your quiver.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are dinosaur lots

    August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The dinosaur lots are located at the junction of I-70 and Hwy 40. Take a look at this link for the exact location we'll be meeting. http://tinyurl.com/jw...­

      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are dinosaur lots

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we going to pick mushroom to eat as well? I think it would be nice to cook some

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ivan, we won't be doing that on this trip. There's a lot of liability in that and if someone keels over because they ate the wrong thing, it'd be really bad for the group. I'm not an expert on mycology and while I do have some knowledge of edibles, I'd recommend joining the Colorado Mycological Society on a mushroom foray if you're interested in learning about gourmet fungoids.

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I checked one of my favorite spots yesterday and there wasn't anything out yet. With the recent rains, we should have plenty to choose from on the day of the meetup. Everybody, make sure to stock up on bug repellent! The skeeters seem famished this season!

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Catherine E

    Amanitas and puffballs on Shrine Pass, Amanitas on James Peak Trail . . . very small orange 'something' on Lime Creek Road. It's mushroom season - looking forward to this outing!

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No waiting list? I saw this too late, would love to go!!!!

    January 25, 2013

    • Bob S.

      Hilde, I added a waitlist....my apologies.

      January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Catherine, I got some fantastic photos of Amanita Muscaria (the "Super Mario" mushroom) on the same weekend last year. That'll depend of course on the moisture we get over the summer as well as other factors, all of which are delightfully out of our control. That's part of the fun!

    January 24, 2013

  • Catherine E

    Awesome! Any amanitas?

    January 24, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Awesome Andy! Thanks for leading this meetup!

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time from Saturday, August 03, 2013 at 8:00 AM to Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    January 24, 2013

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