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Thursday, July 21, 2016


If you've been hanging around these parts for a while, you may recall how a few years ago I went through a spell where I was obsessed with mushrooms! I still think they're really interesting and I point them out to anyone who will listen when I find them but I don't really go out of my way to look for them anymore.

Since Jeff and I have been out chasing waterfalls, we've obviously been spending more time outside and in our parks. The weekend before last we took a two hour drive to Honey Run Falls. It was a nice little waterfall that I can imagine would have been just breathtaking after a big rain. We shot the falls, then hiked around the park. It ended up being an incredible spot with beautiful mossy ledges, as well as lots and lots of mushrooms! I honestly don't remember the last time I enjoyed hiking around, and sweating so much. You guys, new Kaylah with a fitbit is a changed lady!

Anyway, we were on the hike back to the car, and I was already having the best day when I spotted a curious stump a few feet away. I could see it had something on it but presumed it was sawdust. As I approached I realized that "sawdust" was actually tons, and tons of little mushrooms. In all my mushroom hunting time I had never seen anything quite like this. It was nothing short of magical!

I've identified these as Xeromphalina kauffmanii which commonly grows on rotting wood, and in large clusters like this. They were orange in color but I really fell in love with these photos in black and white. I feel like it gives them even more of an other worldly appearance. I almost feel like it looks like something you might find underwater. Way rad, right?!

orange mushrooms, tiny mushroom
Xeromphalina kauffmanii, golden trumpets
xoxo

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  1. Oh my god! Your pictures look so unreal!

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  2. Wow, I'm in awe of those pictures! I'm one of those mushroom-crazy people, and they do look rather mysterious or other worldly. Very neat!

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  3. I totally get where you're coming from with your mushroom fascination. I too have a thing for mushrooms, as geeky as that probably makes me sound. I even have an entire Pinterest board devoted to mushrooms. I think it's the whole fairy ring thing. It makes me wonder.

    We were in North Carolina recently and I found a tiny orange mushroom sitting in the forest all alone. That, of course, led to picture taking and research. So, I feel ya!

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    1. No way, not geeky at all. Mushrooms are so interesting! I still have yet to find a fairy ring but I really want to!

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  4. The dream-like quality of these photos is so great. They kind of remind me of Klimt paintings translated into BW photography <333

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  5. I love mushrooms :D
    The photos are amazing :)

    XoXo <3

    www.callmemisslilsusie.blogspot.pt

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  6. Wow, what a find! I'm a little jealous over here...

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  7. Those pictures are amazing! Oh my gosh!



    My blog.

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  8. If you listen to podcasts I totally recommend checking out Gastropod, which has an episode on Mushroom. It is really interesting, and there is a picture of a hat made from mushrooms!
    https://gastropod.com/the-mushroom-underground/

    I think they are pretty cool too. Not much is growing in my garden and it is sad, but there were some mushrooms randomly popping up and I got a little giddy. XD

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    1. I don't but I just might have to check that out. Thanks for the link! :)

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  9. Aww, it's like a little fairy city. I love the choice to go black and white with this.

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  10. Oh my gosh I've never seen such tiny mushrooms! These are incredibly cute!

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  11. I remember! These photos are so gorgeous and I know exactly what you mean about them looking underwater-y. They look just like a coral reef! I don't know much about mushrooms, but I love to spot them when I'm out and about in the countryside. My parents often get a whole lawn full of large brown mushrooms, and I've always wondered if we could eat them xx

    Jessthetics

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  12. unrelated to 'shrooms but I know you're a bug afficianado. Next year, take a road trip to nj for their annual moth night. entymologists from all over come to the event too. HUNDREDS of moths landing on everyone. http://myhearthasamouth.blogspot.com/2016/07/moth-night-in-pine-barrens_24.html

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