one very hearty mushroom!

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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This unidentified fungus poked its head thru hard and dry dirt. It was all that fragile but it was significantly less hard than the ground it broke up to see the sunlight. One of the really cool things about this shroom is that light came through its pores and glowed a weird yellowish colour that you can see a bit in this shot. (I had the computer verify the colour so if it’s incorrect, please send all your complaints to Toshiba’s laptop division. :-D)

As usual, I am always loathe to ‘pick’ the fruit of a mushroom; fungi seem more animal fauna than flora to me for some reason. But I was able to distinguish a few of the features of this toughie: its veil is still mostly in place but where it was parting, the hint of a fluted surface peeked thru; I couldn’t get the camera far enough under it to see what the underside showed but there wasn’t any ridging I could see with my head in the dirt, and; there is the slightest hint of a veil from the stem to the cap.

Being in major heat, completely unsheltered by anything at all, on the bitter edge of a 300 foot drop, this little wonder of nature stood completely alone but who knows what other chunks of dirt were being lifted close by as the fungus’s other blooms fought their way to the surface?

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