Puffball Convention by MotherNature

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Puffballs get their name from the smoke-like “puff” of spores given off when mature specimens are poked or squeezed. Although puffballs in their many forms are not poisonous, there are a few mushrooms that could be mistaken for a puffball (the deadly Amanita when young and a few others) and make you ill. Always get an expert to okay any wild mushroom you intend to eat. You can see the solid white inside flesh on one of these puffballs. This turns yellow, then brown as spore form.

These are late summer into fall mushrooms that grown in our hardwood forest – mostly on logs and dead trees. Many are colonial, but we have some that grow alone. Size varies greatly.

These were photographed September 30, 2011, in Montgomery County, PA.

If you’re interested in learning more about puffballs, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffball#Edibility...

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Mushrooms.Fold...

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Great capture! You seldom see so many close together like this! When I was a child we gathered puffballs and cooked them. They were sauteed in butter with a dash of garlic salt. The taste resembled mild white turkey meat. Delicious!

  • I must try them like that (when I am brave enough to trust my knowledge of edible mushrooms). Thank you for the kind words:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    that’s great! you were probably excited to find a big bunch like that. I am when I do ;)

  • It is exciting and your heart beats faster and your attention is so focused;>) Thanks for the visit and making some time to browse – appreciated!

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    nice shot!


    don’t forget to enter your picture in the challenge December 2012 featured images

  • Thank you most kindly for this lovely end-of-the-year pick me up:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 2 years ago

    wow! very nice shot! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment and especially for making this image a favorite – I’m so pleased:>)

    – MotherNature

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