First, I had to find some field guides and I took out some books from the library. These are the ones I found from public libraries and colleges from all over the state.
Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms
National Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America
Mushrooms of Northeast North America
Mushrooms of Northeastern North America
Lichens of the North Woods
I discovered that the identification of mushrooms and lichens is much harder than that of birds. A photo helps with birds but in mushrooms, you have to photograph the setting with the fungi, then look under them or actually dig up the mushroom to look underneath at the gills, stem and root. So far I have not started to dig them up. However, I have stepped on them especially puff balls to listen whether they would pop.
Lichens are vegetation found all over the world and are a very important indicator of the health of air quality which I didn't know. I did know that lichens are used as nest building material for hummingbirds. Lichens grow on rocks, trees and the ground. Often, lichens have wonderful colors and their dyes were used in the Harris Tweed until 1970.
Oddly, my first picture was of a lichen called British Soldiers. In all the wars in Canada and the US, the British soldiers were often called Redcoats and when you see the red caps on this lichen, you can see why it is called that and also why I took the picture.
The Common Greenshield grows on bark in the sun or partial shade. You can see it on many trees.
On a short stop at Seney NWR in 2009, I saw all of the following mushrooms:
Amanita species - Most in this family are poisonous!
Bolete species - Many in this family are edible
Lentinus species - very large
The references and gear I used for this blog are:
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: Canon EF100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Lens: Canon EF28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 II USM
Steiner 10x42 Predator BinocularsAll images © MSCI