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gratuitous mushrooms photos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's been a minute since I've dedicated an entire post to mushroom photos. Last month's camping trip with my family was the perfect excuse to spend the weekend with my eyes peeled looking for mushrooms. To be honest, that might be my favorite thing about camping. I mean sitting around the fire at night is pretty great, but mushrooms, man!
The photo above are of Monotropa uniflora, perhaps better known by one of it's awesome common names including corpse plant, ghost plant or indian pipe. They're a particularly eye catching plant. I was hiking with around eight family members, half of which at some point stopped me to ask what those were. They lack chlorophyll and are actually a parasitic plant. I don't see them so much in Ohio, at least not around me (although they do grow here) but every time I've camped in Pennsylvania the ground is just littered with them. Other than the fact that they're all white, which I think is really interesting, I like that kind of look like they're sad.

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  1. Dang. There are some pretty crazy looking mushrooms in the world. I'll have to track down an old photo of 3 year old me standing next to a foot-wide mushroom for you!

  2. I'm a huge fan of 'shrooms. These pics are gorgeous. I love how to find them you have to really delve into the damp, dark undergrowth, and it's so rewarding when you hunt one down :)

  3. I love your mushroom posts! I am obsessed with them so I really like all your close up shots of them. Looks like you found some really interesting varieties!

    1. Thank you, Polly! I'm glad you enjoy the mushroom posts! :)

  4. Hmm, singing in to my google account seems to have eaten my comment, so here it is again!

    Those are some stunning fungi photos! One of my favorite things about living in Portland Or for 2.5 years was the mushroom hunting. Although I've found some of my favorite fungus in Northern California, so I'm sure I'll have happy hunting in a few months when the damper weather kicks in.

    There is something so special and magical about mushrooms. Its like stumbling across little bits of fairyland with every find.

  5. The orange ones are gorgeous! Nature is great, ain't it? :)


  6. great close ups :)
    love all the different shapes and textures and the corpse ones are really cool looking

  7. Gorgeous photos Kaylah, I've never seen ones like that in England ;o How's your kitty-cats and lovely Klaus by the way? <3

    Eve xxxx

  8. the oragne one look so bizzare! really good photos.and i honestly wouldn't mind more mushroom only posts :)

  9. Wow! That orange mushroom looks like it's having a crazy hair day... hehe. :)

  10. These are all so amazing, it's hard to pick a favorite! I really like the orange ones, or that rounded spiky one two photos below, that almost look like it's a light green color?

  11. Oh Mushrooms, how I love thee.

    There they sit, with all of their fairytale properties, here comes Kaylah to take a perfect picture. The mushroom gods celebrate you! You are educating and showcasing them for everybody to see - the mushroom lovers and the non mushroom lovers. I thank you for that. It's important for us to share how important nature is. Every little thing, the ugly and the winsome, all make up the recipe of an ecosystem.
    Wonderful work Kaylah!


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