Ryan Hostetter hikes into an ancient forest in the Northwestern United
States, meanders among centuries old Douglas Fir and Hemlock large as 10 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall, yet spies a three-inch Red Cracking Bolete mushroom - towering and standing majestic over its own kingdom. Click.
Former Morrow, Ohio resident, Little Miami graduate, student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ryan Hostetter has been told that he looks at the world in a different way. He takes it as a compliment and said that he thinks lives up to the moniker through his photography. Hostetter now lives in the Tualatin Valley, in Beaverton, seven miles west of Portland.
Hostetter said, “When I'm not at work building custom museum exhibits, I am usually on a mountain rock climbing, skiing, hiking, or mountain biking.” He said that he is one of less than twenty-five people in the world to have mounted and climbed a floating iceberg. A recent work project was for exhibits to be installed at the Smoky Mountain National Park.
Hostetter is a “Ice Viking” and has mounted a floating iceberg in Newfoundland. He says that it was, "One awesome trip. More people have been in space than people that have climbed an iceberg."
“I think that I have identified the mushroom in this photos as Xerocomus Chrysenteron,” said Hostetter. "Common name ‘Red Cracking Bolete.” The Red Cracking Bolete is an edible mushroom. The photo was taken by Hostetter last October at Opal Creek, in Jawbone Flats, Oregon.
The Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area totals 35,000 acres of low elevation Ancient Forest. Opal Creek is the largest uncut watershed in Western Oregon. Through these forests, the river falls 1,200 feet from one crystalline pool to another. Audubon Magazine’s 100th Anniversary edition named Opal Creek one of the top 10 gems preserved over the last century in the United States.* Citizen protest over mining proposals preserved the forest for future generations, Like Hostetter. And now - readers of Loveland Magazine.
*(Source: Wikipedia and opalcreek.org)