Scarlet Waxy Cap

Scarlet Waxy Cap | Hygrophorus miniatus
Scarlet Waxy Cap | Hygrophorus miniatus

This gorgeous Scarlet Waxy Cap (Hygrophorus miniatus) was one of many mushrooms that we found at Miracle Beach Provincial Park this weekend. Part of the thrill of mushroom hunting is discoveries like this – it made our day!

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  1. Thanks so much for your comments folks – it was a delight to find these small mushrooms (there was two separate groups of them). I didn’t have a tripod so ended up lying on my stomach and bracing the camera on the ground in order to get the photograph and I think that the perspective really works for this image. Sometimes it pays to get a little wet!

  2. Hi Jan, I have to admit that I have no idea if this is the same mushroom but logically I think that it must be something different given the Douglas Fir habitat association of Hygrophorus miniatus. It probably isn’t even the same genus but as I’m not a mushroom expert by any stretch of the imagination I’m not sure where one would begin with tropical mushrooms (I couldn’t even find a range map for this species on-line).

    That being said – I did enjoy visiting your blog and reading about your birding expeditions. If/when we plan a trip to CA it would be fun to do some birding with you! I’ve traveled and birded in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan and have always wanted to head a little further south.



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