A vibrant friend with a passion for mushroom hunting offered to let me follow her around as she foraged in a Pacific Northwest forest this past weekend. I found myself wishing I had a faster camera that was more sensitive in low light - it was very dark! But I still think these shots are cool
It was exciting to see someone in their element. We learned a thing or two as she identified deer trails and pointed out fungal treasures with names like Witches Butter and Russula that I might have never noticed otherwise. My kids who usually groan at the prospect of another boring hike were inspired and filled with purpose. We climbed in loops and returned to the trail with a basketful. The adventure was short and sweet and rather dark, but I snapped as many mushrooms as I could. I can't wait to go again.