Last year on a whim, I decided use the excuse of National Mushroom Month in September to sketch and explore mushrooms in nature. I had no idea at the time that studying mushrooms and fungi, a science known as mycology, would quickly become a huge passion.
Fast forward to a year later, and my passion for mycology has only grown. I love that this passion has also rubbed off onto others. Friends, family members, and many of you readers tell me that they now notice mushrooms, and when they see one, they tend to think of me. (What an honor!)
Many of you send me photos of your found fungi, and it's an extreme pleasure to witness these cool finds. Thank you so much for allowing me to celebrate these discoveries with you!
"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom." Thomas Carlyle
I've shared pages of my mycology journal before, and if you follow me on social media, you've probably seen more of its contents. I'm excited that I finally completed my first, entire journal of fungi nature studies and just in time to begin a new one before September.
In celebration of 2017's National Mushroom Month and to celebrate that I filled an entire journal with mushrooms (it only took me a year—ha!), I'm sharing a sketchbook flip-through video of my completed mycology notebook along with a sneak peek into my new one.
You can see more images of this journal, learn about my sketching process, and discover my favorite mycology resources at the posts below. I also share a free, downloadable field guide printable that I designed to aid my own mushroom nature studies.
Mycology Journal Flip-Through
When I study mushrooms, the last thing I'm trying to do is paint a pretty picture. The goal is observation and data collection, so I don't worry about dirt on a page or mistakes and misspellings. It's a good thing, because mycology is dirty, buggy work!
My mycology notebook is a field journal, something that I do for my own personal joy of scientific discovery. This sketchbook has been dropped, stepped on, tossed into numerous packs, and rained on. This journal is precious to me because of these things, not in spite of them.
I hope you enjoy its pages, but more importantly, I hope you appreciate the process and this inspires you to try some fungi studies of your own.
National Mushroom Celebrations
National Mushroom Month was started by the National Mushroom Council (who knew!) and seems to be touted as more of a culinary celebration. While I enjoy eating mushrooms and I'd like to be adept at foraging one day, I simply use National Mushroom Month as an excuse to study one of my favorite topics.
However, there are fun events that surround this month and other dates throughout the year. Below is a list of "official" mushroom celebrations.
- National Mushroom Month annually throughout September
- National Mushroom Hunting Day annually on May 17th
- Wild Mushroom Celebration annually in the fall in Long Beach Peninsula, Wa
- Mushroom Festival annually in September in Kennett Square, Pa
- Mushroom Mardi Gras annually on Memorial Day in Morgan Hill, Ca
- U.K. Fungus Day annually in October throughout the U.K.
I won't be at any of these events, but you're welcome to join me in the woods! If you sketch and study mushrooms in September, tag your social media posts with #NationalMushroomMonth. I'd love to see your fab fungi celebrations!