Who is "The Friendly Fungus"?

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

My name is Anna and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

I’m a self-taught photographer and amateur mycologist. I’ve been studying fungi and taking photos since 2014.

As a fungi photographer a huge part of my “job” is to get down to the earth.

I get very muddy, moist and soggy, and prickled by berry vines; I kneel on rocks, avoid poison oak, and breathe in dirt.

It can be quite a messy operation...

But I love every second of it!

*do not do this from home


I first fell in love with mushrooms when I was extremely young. I believe it was in response to this tubby little troupe of mushrooms I saw featured in Disney’s animated movie “Fantasia.”

Since then I have always had an affinity for fungi.

However, it was not until I got into photography that I began noticing the astonishing variety that grows here in the Bay Area.

I soon became addicted to searching for mushrooms and finding new species to photograph.

To this day I have found and ID’ed over 200 species with an additional horde of unidentified specimens.

That said, my focus is not on identification, but aesthetics.

I photograph mushrooms for their beauty.

And their potential to inspire curiosity.

I want to show the world how spectacular nature can be.

I truly believe in the quote “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Sharing my fungi photos provides me with an opportunity to show others that nature is incredibly amazing and so worth protecting.

It is our job to take care of our planet and if a photo of a mushroom can inspire one person to discover an affinity for nature, then I’m met my goal.

Thanks to you I am able to share my vision every day. Your curiosity continues to drive me and I’m grateful for each of you.

Questions for me? Leave them in the comments!

Thanks for taking the time to follow me and for inviting my photographs into your life!


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