We were getting off the subject on another thread, just discussing some strange fungi and related things. I'm not expert, but I find this sort of thing fascinating. It's not pretty flowers, but it's nature, and each thing that grows depends on something else to make it happen. What sorts of things like this interest you?
Weez, my love of fungus is way up there, close to my love of flowers. Until I moved here in the woods, I never realized what beautiful fungus there really was out there, at all different times of the year.
One of my favorites is Crowned Clavaria, pictured here. I found a log that was full of it.
Do you get a lot of fungus up there?
Oh, my, that's a beauty! I'm jealous. Yes, we get several types here. Of course, I've just recently taken interest, so I don't know much about them, and I'm not sure which are fungi! Of course, we have many, many kinds of mushrooms. We're a coastal town, and when the rainy season hits, they start erupting out of the ground all over my yard. It looks like 'Night of the Living Dead'! Here's some sort of little puffball with spikes on it.
I had a discussion with a botanist friend who was explaining the relationship of broomrape to our alder. It was really fascinating. It seems it is a beneficial relationship for all, involving the release of nitrogen. I'm really stupid about these things, but I find all these fellows fascinating. Here's a link to a bit of info about some of our lesser appreciated forest friends. Girdwood is situated about 42 miles south of Anchorage.
Wow, I just looked up lichens. I see them all the time...I think every other tree here has some sort of moss or lichen on it, but I always just thought they were a type of moss. They're actually a combination of alga and fungus ! I need to learn more !
This unusual fungus was growing out of old spruce logs that were used as an edging along a hiking trial in my neighbourhood. Its some species of Phaeolus. Lovely pattern and colouring. the edges were very fuzzy. Mind you, this pic was taken on Nov. 12. Never expected to see such a lovely fungus that late in the year.
"Has anyone ever seen lichens bloom?
Is that what's happening here?"
I just spent some time with that beautiful Lichen book:
I wouldn't write this in ink, but the Lichen in your picture comes closest in looks and description to : Cladonia coniocraea, or Common powderhorn.
those tapered things arising from the body ( thallus) are the fruiting structures, called podetia
How cute Weez. That reminds me of Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha).
Thanks RUK, I'm gonna do a search and read about powderhorn. I've never heard it it.
This gets pretty confusing. I thought moss and lichens and find out there's so much more to it. There's so many different kinds !
The 2 pics of the British Soldiers on that site were great !
And keeping with the black...Black Witches' Butter (Exidia glandulosa).
When it's fresh it's more brownish-red, and feels like Jello ! This one also grows on wood from broad-leaved trees.
Jelly fungi dry out for long periods (it looks like dried black paint), only to revive and resume growth when they get soaked with water. Witches' Butter is often seen in winter woods when melting snow moistens the logs. Each time a jelly fungus revives, it produces new masses of spores over its wrinkled surface.
Last week we had a bad storm when a cold front moved in and I found a branch laying in the driveway that was full of it.
Here's another neat one I found in our woods in early August. I'm not sure what it is. I thought Gray Coral (Clavulina cinerea), but I didn't find it under conifers. It's definately different from the other Clavarias that I've found.
And of course we have to include the Common Morel (Morchella esculenta) which many would consider the king of all fungi. It's quite a delicacy. Some years I find dozens and dozens, and other years I'm lucky to find a few dozen.
This one picture is the biggest one I've ever found, and it was a double-header, with one side measuring about 10 1/2" long and the other side measuring 9 1/2" long. It weighed almost 3/4 of a pound. There were 27 other morels right around this one, and some of those measure 8-9" long ! They were right in my front yard, behind a logwall
The first year I discovered morels here was when I was mowing the front yard for the first time that spring and almost mowed them over. There were 73 morels in that patch.
I don't know darius, I don't eat them, I give them away. But I think I've heard people say they are more tender when they're smaller. Most people don't seem to care much what size they are.
Xenomorf, what a bright fungus ! Did you find these under conifers? If so they could be Yellow Jelly Fungi (Guepiniopsis alpinus) or young Orange Peel (Caloscypha fulgens).
There's also a Yellow Cup Fungus but that wouldn't be in your area.
There is however a Blue-green Cup Fungus that you'd see in your area. It's a very strange color for a fungus.
This pic has some of what I think is Yellow Cup Fungus (Bisporella citrina). Cup fungi can be cups or flat saucers
I was hoping I could slip this one in somehow without revealing the gory details of what it's growing on...but, it's on doggy stuff. (whince).
After a couple days of drizzle rain. Not sure what it is or if it belongs in my area or not.
it's 1/8th to 1/16th inches diameter. But the brightness is what caught my eye.
Aha ! It's Doggie-Doo Cups ! You should have mentioned that Xenomorf.
Your #3 is very interesting with the grass growing up through it. That's a monster one too.
But your last pic really made me smile. When you're out in the woods it's just not right if you don't see at least one millipede. We have a really pretty black and red one here that I see under leaf litter, and then a grayish one with thin red stripes that love my front porch. They climb the walls at night.
Jessamine, you have to learn to paste your camera to your forehead ! Sometimes I think mine has become a permanent fixture.
No really, I have missed way to many shots by not having my camera in hand so now I wear one of those hip-belts/belly bags and carry it with me, most of the time.
It seems that many fungi melt away quickly, and then a lot of them get eaten by wildlife and insects.
Here's one huge bug eating a mushroom stem. I'm not sure what kind he is, but the closest ID I've come to so far is a Oriental Cockroach.
I think I would have overlooked the Dead Man's Fingers, thinking it was something else...LOL
I also like the Phaeolus, the Scarlet cup & Amanita muscaria.
The Crowned Clavaria, looks baazar.
All these picts of mine were taken in the city in the desert, All The other picts are going to drive me back to the woods, with the camera on my forehead :) (good idea)
Shrooms #2,3 & 4, I'll have to find out what they are.
I think my golden-brown colored mushroom was a good find, the centipede was a bonus.
Actually it's a millipede, not a centipede. Centipedes have one pair of legs on each segment and millipedes have two pairs of legs on most body rings. I can see two pairs of legs on most of Xenomorf's critter.
Here's a pic of a millipede on my porch wall where you can clearly see two pairs of legs on each ring.
Sorry, didn't mean to go off topic, but there is a difference.
Thanks, I 'did' have a doubt previously about the bug before I posted it as to which one it might be.
That was my secret pending question...Millipede or centipede.?
I've also seen millipede's wth zillions of more legs. I like the wavy appearance that happens as they walk.
perhaps you know which one this is? Polyporus??
Each one of those clusters measures about 18 inches to 2 feet in diameter. The mycelium is a huge ring around an old Maple tree and every year these beautiful "dinner plates" start growing somewhere in that ring.
Location is Lackawanna County in NE Pennsylvania
No, I don't worry finding poisonous mushrooms, since I don't have small children or pets which might want to explore them. I simply leave them alone, just take pictures.
I would really love to be able to identify the edibles for sure. We have so many different kinds in our woods in that location, but I am just not THAT hungry. Comparing them to a picture in the book is a bit scary, I worry about mistakes. ( maybe only ONE mistake...) It is simply a shame to let those good mushrooms go to waste. I was used to eating the "beigey" Chantrelles growing up in Germany ( yum), but I don't trust the orange yellow ones here.
RUK !!! You've ID'd my hairy scarlet cup !! It's Shaggy Scarlet Cup (Microstoma floccosa). Thank you so much. I love the Scarlet Cups. This spring I found a record number of them in our woods. One patch alone had over 80 cups.
So then I did some Googling of my own. Boy, that Mushroom Expert site is really helpful. I've just identified several of my other fungi pics from that site.
One of them is Polyporus squamosus, which grows on decaying logs, stumps, dead trees and is also parasitic on living hardwoods. I also just learned that parasitic mushrooms consume living tissues of other organisms, sometimes killing them in the process. The ones I found were definately parasitic. I have found these before, but these (pictured) are the largest I've ever seen. This pic shows a broad view. I'll send another pic of them next.
April 23, 2004
Keeping with 'big'...how about Giant Puffballs ! Calvatia gigantea. I've heard they're almost as good as morels but they have to be very fresh and pure white.
This puffball can release as many as 70 trillion spores !! Imagine that. And yet it is still uncommon. I wonder why that is.
I don't have any really good pics of them, but this one was found in Oct.2002 in our woods. You can see leaves around it to compare size. I'd say it was bigger than a basket ball and I found 8 of them of equal size, or just a little smaller, in a fairly small area.
Here's another one of my favorites. It's Bird's Nest fungus, possibly Striate Bird's Nest fungus (Cyathus striatus). I find clusters of it every year in different spots. This year I had it growing on the veggie garden straw mulch, in a flowerbed on wood mulch, and on a wooden plant container sitting near the pond.
The "eggs" inside the "nests" contain a multitude of spores. Rainwater splashes the eggs out of the nest and their outer walls decay, spreading the spores and allowing them to germinate. You usually find several together, but there can be as many as hundreds in one patch.
This is one of several found in a group this past October on wood mulch. It's a fairly old 'nest' but the eggs havn't splashed out yet.
Editing here to tell you to disreguard the name and the date on the photo. The date is a typo (1 should be 10) and the name is of a bird's nest fungus that grows in gardens fertalized with manure. Since this was on mulch I think it's the Striate Bird's Nest fungus.
Here's another group of Bird's Nest fungus I found in September on a Butternut. That's a first I've ever found them growing on a nut. These are really fresh, as you can see. I've never seen them this fresh and it looks to me like most of them still have the protective covering over most of them (there is a term for this...I just read it this morning on the Mushroom Expert site and now I can't remember it) Anyway this protective covering stays on until the spores are mature. On the one in the top center it looks like the covering is starting to peal away. I don't know what's going on with the little yellow growths...maybe germinating spores?
I thought I'd found a giant puffball in our wood and made my way towards it carefully, through over and round the brambles. When I eventually got close enough, it turned out to be an old whit kiddies' ball!!!
What a disappointment :( LOL
Years ago, when my second husband and I lived in a little cabin on this property, I purchased some plastic mushrooms at a garage sale. I stuck them among the trees, and when my brother came up to visit us in Alaska, he commented on the lovely big mushrooms (they were big enough to wear as a hat!) My husband told him that they were quite good to eat and to cut a couple for dinner. My brother felt quite foolish when he bent down with his pocket knife and hit plastic. Seeing some of these photos, I'm not so sure they were as incredible as I thought!
I was just referring to the white football incident above ;oD
Though on quite a few occasions I've made for enticing looking fungi, only to find that they are lumps of chalk (common in Kent where i lived in the UK), stones, shells, flowers, etc etc. You name it, I've probably hoped it was a mushroom *g*
Honestly, Phil, I tried to find my old thread about 'moon mushroom'. Remember the cleft fungi that looked like it was 'mooning' me. I cannot find it anywhere. Do you suppose it was banished from the Garden... poor little fellow.
That's my problem, darius. I don't know one fungi from another, but I find them fascinating. I could also use a better camera. I try to get down on fungi level to take the pics, but as fat as I am, I'm still a foot off the ground! LOL! And, then, of course, there is the issue of getting back up.
Now here is a fine mushroom specimen from my son's garden. He's a better welder than a gardener, I'm afraid!
Philomel, I had to laugh at your story about seeing a kiddie's ball and thinking it was a Giant Puffball. The very first time I ever found a Giant Puffball I thought..."Oh now how did a kiddies' ball get way back here in the woods !" Of course I was shocked when I realized what it was.
Maybe someone can tell me what these are. When I first found them I thought some kind of stinkhorn (Phallaceae) but they don't have the the oval egg at the base. The white ones are young, I believe, and will turn into the yellowish 'bullet' shaped one. They look like little ghosts.
Found the end of May this year on a rotting log
I'm not sure if this is a Chanterelle or not, but is was large and pure white. The slugs were feasting on it. That one slug was about as long as my little finger ! Glad he wasn't on a hosta.
Found the end of May of this year.
Haha ! darius I've had mushrooms grow along my baseboard in the spare room on the north wall too ! Right where the carpet meets the baseboard. After seeing that I imagined that one day when I'm old and moving a lot slower, for as much time as I spend on the ground in the woods, I'll have them growing on me too !
I have lots of mushroom pictures that have never been IDed. I finally decided it was time and bought a field guide of common Florida mushrooms from the UF library. Little did I know that it would basically be a text book...whew! some heavy reading! LOL Hopefully it will get easier to use as I get more familiar with mushrooms. I still have so many flowers to ID though...
We have little birds nest fungus that come up each spring...hundreds of them form a large mat in one of our borders. We find many different types on our property during rainy season, I just love them!
Here's a real survivor...one tough shroom. This one lives in the Florida Scrub and grows right in pure white sand, in full sun. It is tough skinned, dry and leathery as opposed to moist and fragile. You can lightly scratch this mushroom with your fingernails and not leave a mark on it.
What a wonderful thread .. and most magnificent photos !!
Hee .. DiOhio .. seeing your Black Witches' Butter .. reminded me, of one particular walk out in the woods several years ago .. jes as dark was settin' in ...
Surely we all know how ya can be lookin' about and hear the leaves rustling on the ground a bit .. and most curious folks .. will lean over and dig a bit under the leaf litter, in hopes of seeing what may have been making the 'rustling' ... ? ...
Then .. another 'rustle' and a bit louder .. so you take one more lil gander under the mulch .. but all you get to see is one somewhat fattened tail end of a something .. that resembles a snakes tail ...
Welllll, it startled me so, that I lost my footing .. and to catch myself, I quickly grabbed hold of what ever was closest to me, which was a limb/branch near by ... Only to find that what you've placed your hands around, is a large wet somewhat sticky feeling globular mass of something - of which you've no idea of what it is, you've grabbed hold of !!! .. So, ya let go - real fast!! And, naturally .. I then, simply continued my wonderful but totally ungraceful unchoreographed avalanchalant .. fall !!
Wasnt' sure really what scared me the most - - what may be attached to the other end of the somewhat fattened tail .. or .. what in heavens name, was on the tree limb .. that I'd just tried to grab hold of !?! ...
At any rate .. the next day .. (after recovery) .. I went back to take a better gander at the limb .. and sure nuff, it looked jes like that photo of your 'Black Witches Butter' ... And it twernt near as much of a booger in the day light either! And .. the fat tail .. yep, belonged to one of them big ol wood lizards .. of which I landed on ... And, now you know the rest of the story ..
I was so got off with my fool self, something terrible. And even more so .. jes plum disgusted! ..
Yep, I hummed taps ... and cried too. Was none too proud of the results my panic caused ...
Weez, will it be okay .. if I post a few pics of some mushrooms, and similar stuff .. here also .. ? ..
There's a giant growth I found in our woods just below the house here, just recently - that I'd swore to my hubby .. was a tree that someone had cut a relatively deep notch in, and shoved a big rock into .. years ago! ... For this rock looked to have 'grown' with the tree .. up the trunk some 10 or more feet off the ground! I'd climbed up and stood on top of the 4 wheeler rack, and still couldn't touch that 'rock' with my hand .. but was able to bump it plenty good enuff, to determine that it jes had to be .. a 'rock' !! .. hee ..
I don't know about this such stuff either .. but am sure willing to learn more. And would appreciate any of you guys .. helping fill in the blanks ... If'n ya don't mind much .. that is !
While I was searching for the name of Shaggy Mane, I read somewhere that there is another 'shroom that looks and grows similar to this one (closely related), but when it matures it exudes an inky type of substance. (I'm fairly new to shroomology... lol :)
I've gathered and cooked this one often in the UK. It needs cooking down as a lot of liquid comes out in the cooking, but when cooked it's delicious.
In the UK we call it Shaggy Ink Cap or Lawyer's Wig :)
However Coprinus comatus does go inky when going over and you have to pick it young enough, before that starts. Well, the ones in the UK do ;)
I'm foxed then, very strange
But anyway - do give them a try next time they pop up. I just 'fry' them in butter with a bit of seasoning and serve them on toast or with other savouries.
Allow time to eveporate off the liquid though
Enjoyed the story and the laugh Magpye ! You created an excellent picture in my mind.
And Xenomorf, what a strange and lovely mushroom ! I've never seen that one. And the cactus in the background really is strange for me. When I think of fungi I think of woods and leaf litter and organic matter and your pic shows the complete opposite. Nice.
I'm looking for the woodland ground cover wintergreen (procumbens) with the red berries, and I'm posting to this forum because so many of you are seeking fungi in shady areas in the woods where wintergreen grows. I would love to have 10-12 little clumps so that I could plant a shady wooded area in my yard. I have little worth trading, but I do have a clivia/Kaffir lily that is so crowded in its pot that I am finally going to have to divide it. I would be happy to trade a part of that plant, roots and all, for wintergreen.
Yes, it is Gaultheria procumbens I am looking for. Thank you for the suggestions, I visited the sites and reviewed the helpful information. I will try
the plant trading forum. I had not done so because I expected to have to have something to trade, and as I am a new member I haven't saved anything worth trading yet. But I realize now that I could ask for the wintergreen for the cost of packing and postage and hope some good soul will connect.
Great thread, thanks Weez! We found this fungus on the ground, growing out of the niger thistle shells that drop from the bird sock feeders. It is neon orange and composed on tiny parts. Terminology is lacking here. Anyway, when we get near it, it puffs up dust. Scary. It is spreading despite efforts to remove it. That is a Forget Me Not plant and leaf for size comparison.
Any ID ideas? Any removeal ideas? Is this stuff really from outer space? Dangerous? Harmless? Should we move? (not!)
To me it looks like Witches' Butter (Tremella mesenterica) but since you're in CA it could probably be Yellow Jelly Fungus (Guepiniopsis alpinus). At any rate, I'd say some sort of jelly fungi and the dust are probably spores. As far as I know it's harmless and I would allow it in my garden.
Di, I did run across that one in my search, and it is not the same thing at all, unfortunately. This is a vast collection of jointed orange saucers. It is spreading at an alarming rate. Thanks though!!!
In one of my usual hikes around our property, I spotted some huge mushrooms a couple of weeks ago. Here is one that is approximately 8½" across. I had not seen these before, so I thought they were pretty amazing. Timing is everything for these. I've spotted lots of other coral colored and other varieties in the woods, but these were in the open field.
I came accross this forum as I change one of mine every few weeks or so, for variety and sometimes, I dont really have much to do with what I was watching anymore. Well this one caught my eye, as I am trying to put some natives in my garden for all sorts of reasons: help out the environment, but mostly because if they thrive in the wild, then there is not much that I can do to kill them with neglect... Stop laughing, I know many of you wish you had some plants you could litterally plant and forget. ANYWAY, I came accross this thread about fungi and such and it caught my curiosity (which will kill this cat, one day).
What a great thread!!! I really hope Dave will decide to move this into it's own forum. This is great! I finally discovered what was growing on my mulch - those Bird's Nest thingies. I thought that they were just nasty and avoided touching them for fear that, well, I dont know what I was afraid of... So, here is a picture. Sorry that it is not totally crisp, I have a hard time with holding the shutter down steady enough.
Either way, thanks for this thread. I have a few other beasties growing in the back yard and when they appear I will post here for some ID. Thanks, Ana
OH, I forgot! I also have a Viburnum covered in lichens and stuff... DH wants me to cut it down, but I love the look and the tree is still growing, so nope, not gonna cut it! See if you can spot someone posing, too...
Yes! I noticed the little fellow right away! I, too, am fascinated with these fungi and other spores that pop up here and there. A couple years ago, I read up on broomrape that grows in proximity to our alders.
Ana, if you are using a point and shoot digital camera, try moving back a bit to take the picture. Use a higher resolution so that you can crop the picture after you download. That will zoom you in closer without the distortion.
That's a shame, as I love mushrooms & would love to have a forum to help with I.D.'s. Not I.D.'ing for edibility, just for fun & information. I get a really wide & colorful variety of them here on my VA farm. Not to mention there are so many companies out there now selling indoor kits & mushroom spawn for outdoor growing etc., etc.
It's a shame we couldn't get a forum started with an explicit no-no against discussing or mentioning them for drug purposes - same as all the forums have about discussing sales.
Do you think there'd be at least 20 of us interested enough to petition for this?
Well, I have another interesting picture of mushroom activity - and I say activity, because this is a whole bloomin' bunch! My husband discovered this (it's about 7" across) growing in our gravel driveway. It's very dry now, so there's no telling what got this mess started.
Well, you can count me in! I know that the Datura forum and I think the Brugmansia forum also has a warning about content. I dont recall ever seeing any posts about other insidious uses for those plants. It is kind of a bummer.
This thread is very interesting! Yesterday, we went for one of our family walks up in Awenda Provincial Park here in Ontario and our children spotted a broken tree with some type of fungus living on it. They were very intrigued and it soon became a hunt for more. They had many questions that I couldn't even come close to answering and my oldest said "well, you're always on Dave's so there's probably "stuff" on there about it", lol. I said I'd look, so here I am on this thread. Here are some pics of what we spotted for sharing. I don't have clue as to the names but me and the kids are going to have a family project of naming them.
Whether or not there would be a forum dedicated to these types of living matter, it is important to try to understand their roles in the eco system and what exactly we have growing in our yards and in the places we visit.
So glad to find his forum, been reading back and looking at your great pictures. I have some photos taken in the spring that I'll show you. This picture is Gyromitra Esculenta aka False Morel. note the redish, cinnamon brown color.
This one is in my woods, down near the river.
You'll see were this schroom has killed 160 people since '64 !!
I was raised in Northern Indiana, so it is possible I've eaten one! My father used to go out hunting for morels, but they were the small pale colored ones, so I think not. They certainly were delicious. I don't think I'd want to take a chance with this fellow!
This certainly is an interesting thread. I just found it.
I don't see any harm having a forum for this subject, Anything can be used for the wrong reasons. If Dave can keep the Jokes & Chat forum clean, Fungus should be a snap. Just my 2 cents worth.
Here are pics of fungus on my firewood.
Wellllll now ... Andy P .. What could you have possibly, 'really' expected!?!
It's winter here, and jes look at moi'!! This ol fungus is still growin' and wartin' the dickens out of everybody. (Sorry .. jes HAD to .. twas far too big a bait danglin' to refuse a lil nibble-bump!!)
I'm thru with my giggler, for now .. LOL ..
I wonder if Dave has even been able to take a read of the many of us, that have requested (still another thread), such a forum?
Keepin' my 'fingers crossed' that he'll come thru for us eventually. I, for one, could sure benefit greatly.
A big batch of excellent shots of some mitey interesting growths, you guys!
These little guys grow along my driveway , their 'British soldiers' (C. Cristatella) only about 3/4 In. This Lichen comes out in late June and and start disappearing in Aug. I only wish they would stay longer. The light Lichen is (C. Evansii ) or powder puff aka Deer moss. Their are a few sulpher caps in the picture but their name escapes me.
Hi, all. Just joining in. I haven't had time to read through all your posts, but it looks like a very interesting thread. I checked out this thread because I'm trying to get an I.D. for this red fungus that appears in several spots in my yard in the Springtime. It is about 3 - 4 inches tall and forms a cathedral like arched dome. It's unpleasant smell of rotting rats can scent the air for a good distance away from the plant. It often has a white round globe pop up near the base of the plant that just barely breaks the surface of the soil.
Is it a native plant or an alien the Martians that visit my garden on a frequent basis are leaving behind?
Say moko, I don't think they can be added to the database. I tried to add some common shrooms and couldn't. They really are a separate category unto themselves.
In keeping with the "sealife" theme, you guys gotta get a load of this. The creativity is unparalleled and I can assure you some of what you will see is directly attributable to a person who has an imagination that blows mine out of the water.
It will take a little bit of time to load but it is worth the wait and you will want to share it with your children because it is just that cool. If you don't have quick time, you may have to download their free software to view this which isn't that difficult- http://www.1st-ave-machine.com/video/anime.htm
It seems to most closely resemble Clathrus columnatus. And the above article confirms that the fungi smells enough like rotting flesh that is able to attract vultures! but it apparently emits the smell to attract tiny flies that eat its stinking goo which contains its spores. The flies then "deposit" the spores on new locations and assist in spreading the Clathrus.
Oh Jeremy, your escapades with the "piano art" just came up. I tell you I laughed all over again reading that thread and the photo of the piano parts just puts the icing on the cake. Thanks for making my day every time I run into that thread and re-read it. What a hoot.
Thanks, Equil! Glad the story can give you a snicker still. I sent a copy of the story to our local Steinway Piano dealer with whom I had dinner with friends a few weeks ago. I'm not sure he saw the humor of it.
Hmmm, I'm thinking a change in dinner partners is in order. I don't know anyone who has read about your piano escapades who didn't all but split a gut to include my girlfriend Shirley... who is a piano teacher who has a Steinway in her conservatory.
Equil - I think the Steinway dealer here may have felt too much grief and angst knowing that pianos can be destroyed in transit to enjoy the story LOL -- but I haven't had a chance to talk with him yet about it. Glad to know Shirley got a chuckle from it. The link you provided above comes up a blank page on my computer, but my comp is old and tired and often doesn't want to cooperate much of the time (it and I have a lot in common!)
Boo hoo! Some creative genius with a computer out there went a created a video in which he/she made some plants come to life. Literally, the plants come to life. It was one of the most interesting video clips I have ever seen. Your computer screen is blank because you must not have the application to be able to view it. The only mistake the person made in my opinion was to create the videoe in Quick Time which most people don't have loaded. I had to go and download the software from their site to be able to view it. Sorry dear, I wish you could see it. Maybe if you are visiting someone's home you could pop on line for a bit and see if you can view it. It is only a few minutes long.
I'll ask for the book. I never had heard of it before you mentioned it and I've got a birthday coming up here this summer! Sounds like a great book to curl up and read on a rainy day and a little bit of subject matter one can sink their teeth into is always an added bonus.
.. 'fraid ya can't post multiple pics. One pic per post ...
But, there is an alternative; one can create a 'collage' of several images to appear in one pic. Do believe ya hafta use a photo program to create the collage. However, I find that the multiple images are so much smaller, and cause a bit of difficulty for 'good' viewing. (But, this is merely my humble opinion). Myself .. I can truly appreciate the larger 'single' photos.
In case I've missed the opportunity ... I'd like to offer a big ol 'hearty' welcome to DG, to ya joepyeweed!!
Please don't create a collage, I don't see well enough as it is and I'd end up saving every one of your collages to my desktop to be able to enlarge the photos to look at them. I am afraid I don't see all that well. Your second pic looks absolutely edible! Actually, it looks like a hollow stem Morrel to me. Yum yum. What's the first photo?
We have a little site up in the UP where Morrels grow. We don't tell anyone where our site is because we call it a family secret. WE take the kids and let them pick the mushrooms then we scramble them up with eggs. A nice family "secret' and tasty too. People are very protective of their Morrel sites.
Just saw a moosey across the street in a stand of willow trees last week. It's been pretty snowless around here until lately, so they haven't been showing up in my driveway much. They like the plowed areas where they don't have to wade through three or four feet of snow. With those big ol' hooves of theirs, you'd think they'd serve as snow shoes!
These inkcap mushrooms are destroying my bromeliad garden. They decompose within two hours of growth, and release a black tar-like substance all over anything they touch. How do I get rid of them? They are everywhere! I can't keep up with them. I have been trying to pull them out before they decompose, but with their short life cycle, it is overwhelming. Please advise.