Today it looked like mushrooms had erupted just about everywhere on the Museum grounds--it seemed like a veritable "myconian invasion!" So, I couldn't resist posting this as an update to my September 7th "fungus" entry. For those of you not living in this area--the weather here has been rainy, relatively warm and very humid--perfect for fungal growth (and hordes of mosquitoes!) I found beautiful clusters of mushrooms, especially at the base of trees:
My colleague, Rock Moeslein, spotted these stinkhorn mushrooms. When I photographed them, there were flies attracted to the slimy tips of the fungus:
I was amazed by the bright colors of some of the mushroom caps:
As well as this ethereally translucent mushroom:
I found these "turkey tail" fungi along the path near the Museum's entrance:
These small mushrooms look velvety on top with a delicate "fringe" around their edges:
But the most impressive mushroom display was this 20-foot "fairy circle" of mushrooms--my friend Julia Horton is standing in the center to show scale. She is 6-foot tall--and this is not a "trick" photo!
Hope you enjoyed the photos. By the way, I'll still post the answers to my previous "Guess Who?" (Sep. 21st) blog on my normal schedule--look for it on October 5th.