Sunday, August 25, 2013

Instant Gratification


The first part of August was unusually wet this year, too wet to mow the grass. As a result, treasures sprang from the ground in the form of a variety of mushrooms, pushing aside earth and rocks to make their way toward the sun.  They grew before our eyes.  With all the things in this world one has to wait for, it's nice to have some instant gratification.




Mushrooms were strewn across lawns like miniature pyramids.



There were shiny red mushrooms, glossy as candied apples, and smooth white mushrooms and white mushrooms with bumps, and brown mushrooms, and green and orange and yellow ones.

Deer, chipmunks, rabbits, and squirrels eat mushrooms, and we're told that turtles find them irresistible.  A lady near here saw a mushroom in her field, big as a dinner plate, with eight turtles arranged around it, feasting as if they were seated at the table in King Arthur's court.




On the underside of the mushrooms, held in honeycomb-like containers...




 and in neat spore filing cabinets, are millions of potential new mushrooms. 

 We'll be waiting.






Linking with Mandarin Orange Monday




20 comments:

Francie said...

What a great variety of colorful 'rooms. Very interesting.

Ayala Art said...

I love every single one of them! Fantastic images! ♥

pens and needles said...

What beautiful variety you found! I love the red ones -- made me think of fairy houses...

Mersad said...

I always love the tender and soft look and feel of mushrooms, it really sets them apart in the forest or in a field. And you captured the various looks really well. Thanks for sharing.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

You have quite a wonderful variety of fungi, how exciting! I also love how quickly they pop up an unexpectedly.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're beautiful! The different shapes and textures are very interesting.

S. Etole said...

What a great variety you have. Hadn't realized turtles ate mushrooms.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Great variety of mushrooms.. Great pictures. Regards..

Terri said...

Wow what an assortment! We usually only get a couple of varieties in the yard, and it amazes me how quickly they pop up out of the ground.

Jane said...

Great shots and the details of the undersides are great inspiration for drawings!

joanne said...

i went on a 'shroom walk last year and was amazed at the variety of the species and colors....nicely done..

Nancy said...

It's been so dry here, I can't remember when I saw a mushroom last. The variety you captured is truly amazing.

Karen Traversy said...

My favorite. i always click on mushroom photos on blog hops. I am not familiar with the fungii in the top photo.

bailey-road.com said...

What a great assortment of mushrooms you have captured so beautifully here!

Jodi said...

What amazing photographs, Connie! I hope a turtle visits your mushroom garden. I know you could capture a fascinating picture.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very nice. One year several years ago, we had so many species of mushrooms appear after weather like you reported and it was just fascinating. Your images are always so pretty!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Oh how wonderful. I love the little trail you captured!! they are all so different and uniquely beautiful.

lorik said...

Truly amazing shots!! All so different and all so interesting in their detail.
Thank you for sharing with Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Magic! There should be elves or brownies under those beauties.

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Connie,
Wondeful shots of these mushrooms. Nice to see so much different.

Many greetings,
Marco