Week in the Woods (14 X 19)

It was a tough one out there this week. The leaves haven’t turned yet, but Summer’s standouts are long gone. Mushrooms are scarce, as we’ve had little rain. We didn’t entirely strike out, though!

Strange pink mushrooms found on a hike with my daughter.

I found these odd beauties on a pine log. It looked like someone had wadded their bubble gum on the moss!

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Week in the Woods (6 X 19)

Though most of the week was unseasonably hot, reaching nearly ninety degrees Fahrenheit, Fall arrived at last this past weekend. Long sleeves and wonderfully brisk air in the forest made my hikes with Cassie extra fun.

A cool mushroom on the cool wet forest floor at a state park in SW Pennsylvania

Some much needed rain also brought new mushrooms bursting from the earth. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (6 X 19)”

Who Arted in Here?

I’ve been drawing a few of my latest fungal finds recently, just quick illustrations trying to capture the quirk & beauty of some of the things I’ve discovered in the woods.

Pen drawing of a mushroom found while hiking.

This little russula (I think) I’ve drawn before, but he’s just so adorable. I splurged on a couple of new Copic markers and I was eager to try them out. Continue reading “Who Arted in Here?”

Week in the Woods (29 IX 19)

We had a fairly tame week in the woods, but still got in several good hikes, spotted a few nice mushrooms, and generally got up to our necks in Nature.

A delicious hen of the woods mushroom found while hiking with my daughter.

We even had this one for dinner! Read on to learn more. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (29 IX 19)”

Week in the Woods (22 IX 19)

It was a great week for hiking here in Pittsburgh, with temperatures in the seventies and blue skies overhead.

Of course, no rain means fewer mushrooms, so Cassie & I had to satisfy ourselves with other foresty finds. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (22 IX 19)”

Mushroom Preserve

I think I’m going to call this little scene finished.

I experimented with my mushroom building process (that was useful), I tried adding some leaf litter (useful trial, but I’m going to keep working on it), and I failed, in my judgement, with the larger plants. I’ll keep working on that one. Continue reading “Mushroom Preserve”

Week in the Woods (15 IX 19)

Cassie & I have deeply enjoyed another week of dedicated hiking. With sunset coming earlier, our after-work walks are more focused, but we can still squeeze in 60-90 minutes if we don’t waste time in preparation or travel.

And weekends, of course, offer an opportunity to spend time together exploring the great outdoors a little farther from our home. To see what inspiration we found this week, read on! Continue reading “Week in the Woods (15 IX 19)”