Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Beauty of Fungus

To say the word Fungus... one immediately goes to thinking of nasty... gross... things that you do not want to be touching.. Yet to me, when I hear this word I immediatly think of mushrooms, toadstools, and such.  This time of year they pop out all over our yards..... Fairy rings can be seen popping up before the time of the full moon in hopes that the wee folk will come and play amongst them. 

At my blog The Picture As Janie Sees It I often post my photography I have take or the nature that surrounds me.  This year I was lucky to have plenty.  Fungus or Shrooms as I like to call them were in abundance.  I am amazed at how they can not be seen at one moment then you turn around and there they are.  For any of you who have ever hunted Morels you know exactly what I am talking about.  For those of you who haven't you are missing a treat.  Morels are a safe wild mushroom that grows in abundance in wooded areas in early spring.  The perfect time to go hunting.... when a oak leaf is the size of a squirrels ear.  Or in early April. 

Although I strongly suggest that if you do not know what you are doing.... don't... Many Shrooms are poisonous and without proper identification can be a severe health hazard.  Yet still even if you can not partake of this delicacy that nature has, you can still marvel at its beauty and its manner of sneaking up on us when we least expect them.  Next time you see a shroom peeking its head out of the grass waiting for that perfect moment to spring itself into existance.  Allow it the priviledge of doing just that.  And pay attention to when it finally does emerge.  you may be surprised by the beauty you discover in a gross little thing we call "fungus".


Dede said...

I was taking pictures yesterday of the mushrooms that just sprung up in the yard almost over night. They are so cool.

Judith said...

your right! I always stop when on my walks to look at the muchroom and fugus. They are so pretty!

Bridgett said...

I love mushrooms...the hubby? Not so much. LOL

Beautiful picturs.


Gone Troppo said...

Nice story and great pics :)

I have them in my garden, but occasional.

In the parks here behind the house are many though so I see them on the route to the fruit and veggie store or the market to pick up some mushrooms which often takes place because we love them.

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain said...

The ones we have in the woods growing in tree stumps are fabulous and so intricate and beautiful. Mushrooms are special.