Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A FUNGUS AMONG US


I discovered this lone mushroom poking itself up in a crack in our garden sidewalk. The fungus is not quite 2 inches tall and looked like a polished stone until I took a closer look at it. I find it fascinating how things can grow in the most unfriendly places for them.

Don't forget to click on the picture to see the detail more clearly.

For those who were asking about the fires in California, they are happening in the Southern part of the State. Mr. Mapper and I live in the Northern part close to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 20 miles from Sacramento. We are not in any danger from those terrible fires. Thanks for your concern.
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19 comments:

david said...

wonderful clarity and detail; well worth seeing the larger image!

ruth said...

Yes, what a mushroom. I've loved seeing so many varieties this year. It's so terrible about the fires. But glad you don't have to deal with it.

Mike said...

I've been to South lake Tahoe 3 times. That can't be too far away from where you live. It's lovely there. Great mushroom shot!

Kerri said...

Glad you are not in the fire zone. I do have friends in San Diego that have been told to evacuate.... such a sad time!

I love this mushroom shot. Every time a see mushrooms like this I think of Alice in Wonderland. Our mushrooms here don't seem to grow this way.... with the point at the top. Maybe I just haven't seen any like this. Nice shot!

MedaM said...

Wonderful close up photo, I was particularly amazed when I enlarged the photo.

bluemountainmama said...

love your caption and the photo of this little 'fun guy'... :)

glad to hear you are out of harm's way.....

John Roberts said...

That's a huge mushroom to grow out of a crack in the sidewalk! I wonder if it's an edible one?

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Oh, this one is a beauty! Great photo.

Fun title, too! :)

Moi said...

Love the way you have captured the texture of it .....and the title had me in splits :)

Annie said...

I am so glad you, and that mushroon, are far from the danger of the fires.

imac said...

Looks more like an outer space fungi to me. lol. Great shot also even better when enlarged.

Beverly said...

Remarkable photo. Thanks for stopping by...I'm getting caught up.

ASH's Eye said...

Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words - I've been having a great time strolling through your recent posts.

The detail in the mushroom is amazing!

Merisi said...

Beautiful not so little chap! :-)

Cathrine said...

love this !

CG said...

Fabulous fungus! Am glad you are not affected by the wildfires - I was frightened yesterday when I heard a state of emergency had been declared in CA.I feel so sorry for everyone who has been affected.

Carmi said...

This photo has an otherworldly feel to it. I can't quite explain why, but I can't stop looking at it. Great capture!

It's been too long since I stopped by to say hi and enjoy your captivating photography. I hope life continues to bless you with goodness these days.

Sandrine said...

Great detail! me too I am amazed at some of the arid places nature grows...

Sarah (Beverly's daughter) said...

Love the title! I call one of my best friends the "fungus among us" because she loves mushrooms (yuck)! I'll be sending her a link to that entry!