Monday, November 17, 2008

Fungi

~ Phallus ravenelii (click for a description)

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Young Fungi . . .

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. . . and that's about all I have to say about that

Addendum: Unfortunately my younger daughter and her friend felt this mushroom was very ugly and smelly so they took it upon themselves to destroy it. Something she would normally not do. Anyway, this is the inside of the base. The whole thing was hollow. The other smaller one died overnight from frost so I am assuming the same thing would have happened to this one.


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19 comments:

Laura said...

We get shrooms in our backyard but none that look like that! They look like little fairy houses. I guess the hole in the top is for the fireplace - LOL!

Donna Marie said...

They do look like little houses for the little ants... (LOL) I admire your photography skills!

xoxoxoxoxo
Donna

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I'd paint it red and call it Santa's hat! Wellll, it has the right fringe on the bottom anyway.... love it! My mushrooms here have been flat and very low to the ground.... really have to get down low to photograph the little boogers.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Cool photos! Isn't it great to see the world through the lens of a camera? I can see you have the bug just like me! :)

nikkicrumpet said...

hmmmmm mushrooms huh? okay I believe you lol Great photos. You really have a talent for capturing the beauty around us!

Kallen305 said...

Great pictures! I tried getting closeups of shrooms this weekend but they looked pathetic- especially in comparison to yours. What kind of camera do you use? Whatever it is, it must have an incredible zoom feature based on the mushroom pics.

A New England Life said...

Kallen,

I have a Fujifilm s700/s5700. It cost's less than $200 and I'm fairly pleased with it, even though I dream of a MUCH higher end camera. Someday!

Sharon

Steve B said...

What a cool fungus. BTW, it ain't the camera, it's the photographer that counts. You've proven this again. That first shot is STELLAR! For those looking for the less obvious name, use Ravenel's Stinkhorn.

Eve said...

Ha Ha I wouldn't have much else to say either Sharon! A beautiful blog here!! Oh I love your header...it's very New England!

A New England Life said...

Thanks Steve for the camera comment. A little Photoshop goes a long way too ; )
Funny how you knew the common name of the fungus. After trying to find it online, without success, I finally emailed a fungus expert. He replied last night and gave me the scientific name. Guess I should have asked you first.

Eve, thank you for your kind comment! My blog seems to have many different directions, but life is diverse.

Sharon

Steve B said...

I have a copy of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms that I bought when I was in grad school. (Never mind how old the book is, thank you!) Other than that, I claim no expertise. I just know enough to not eat anything out there that looks like a mushroom.

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hi Sharon Shroom-lock Holmes! I am sorry to hear about the demise of the innocent fungi.
from the house of smelly puggies...
xxoooo

Steve B said...

Hey, I added the www.mushroomexpert.com link to my favorites. Thanks for turning us on to this site.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Those have to be the most interesting mushrooms I have ever seen Sharon. Delightful!! Thanks for sharing. :)

beth at aunties said...

The mushroom shot was incredible and your camera takes incredible pictures. I need a new one bad... If this wasn't such a tight year it might have been under my tree.
I love looking at your blog ans seeing our country from your New England eyes. I am so amazed. Until our son's ventured out to schools across this beautiful country I was pretty much isolated in our own little area and I love seeing other areas. The Ozarks were another pleasant surprise. They are gorgeous.
While I am rambling...did you ever see an Fall award I had for you on my Nov. 11th post? I received it from a friend in ENGLAND. Your pictures have been inspiring!
Have a great week, Beth

Saucy said...

I find mushrooms like that to be just a little gross. Can't get near them. Found a few in my garden this year and it freaked.me.out. Ugh.

Mary said...

Odd-looking mushroom. I'm always amazed at what I find in a mushroom. They pop up quickly, don't they?

Great macro shot!

Country Girl said...

I love your mushroom! And you know that I have a penchant for the little fungi.

Wendy said...

I am always in awe of mushrooms. I love this post.