Mushroom Monday

All the ‘shrooms had come out to play! Here’s some of the charismatic mega-fungi I spotted yesterday.

img_0337This beast was 16″ across.giantAn this was the largest gill-type mushroom I’ve ever seen at about 8″ across.mushroomsin the same patch.  img_0336There used to be a tree here.ballThe mycelium don’t forget.img_0345I guess I finally solved this mystery. puffballPuffballs.
insideYou know, that time I went out with the mushroom club hoping to learn something, I did, and that was that the club just wanted to rip ’em out of the ground before anybody else did, to identify them and then eat them if possible. That was the last of that cannibal crowd for me. None of these fruiting bodies were harmed in the course of these photographs.

3 Responses to “Mushroom Monday”


  1. 1 Katie (Nature ID) October 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Your comment about the mushroom club gave me a chuckle. That’s exactly how I feel about many butterfly enthusiasts… er, not that they eat butterflies, but that they’re enthusiastic about killing the very thing they love, just for an ID.

    • 2 mthew October 3, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Yes! Not my scene at all, and it definitely means I’m not seeing everything, but I can live with that. While specimens certainly have their scientific value, especially now with DNA sampling, a pinned dead insect (or a bird “skin”) lacks precisely what is so marvelous about it: its life!


  1. 1 Oak Wilt | Backyard and Beyond Trackback on January 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

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