Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fungus, Toadstools and Other Stuff

I am not much of a botanist - actually I'm not sure that is even the correct field.  But mushrooms, toadstools and fungi have always fascinated me.  The following is a collections of photos over the course of the summer that I have snapped on my woodland walks.  Unfortunately I do not know even common names of most, let alone proper taxonomy. I'll be forever in your debt for any identification assistance, especially the first and last.

Isn't this magnificent?  It is about a foot tall and right along a main highway.

Our version of petrified wood, but it is just a rotting stump

Another whopper - giant puffball - quite edible.

No this is not the underbelly of a crocodile, just a fallen tree.

Save the best for last, right? This about the size of a softball and wonderfully furry - I half expected to see it move!

And that is about all I have to say for today.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.


  1. It always amazes this Ozark Farm Chick how very beautiful nasty old fungus can be. Just goes to show ya'll that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

    Quite the eye man!!!

    From the frosty hills and hollers of the Missouri Ponderosa, ya'll have a blessed and beautiful fall day!!! :o)

  2. Beautiful! I love the lacy layers of the first one. Probably inspired ladies fashions at some point.

  3. Wow, you have some beauties there!

  4. There are so many varieties out there. You've captured quite a few. With all our rain we have them sprouting all over the place.

  5. That's quite a collection. I have no knowledge whatsoever and am always alarmed by French and Italian friends who collect wild fungi to eat.
    Love the title of your blog!

  6. Love these. The only one I'm familiar with is the puffball...and I've eaten many of them. The others are lovely to look at! But I wouldn't eat 'em. Thanks for sharing these pix. Great!


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