This entry is mostly for fun.
I suppose some people will think I'm weird for finding
humor in fungi, for Pete's sake, but I'll risk that. I find humor in
lots of things!
After receiving some good feedback from my recent
called "Fabulous Fungi," I found a bunch more interesting mushrooms when I ran
Segments 5 and 6 on the Colorado Trail this week. So here are fifteen more fungi
photos from the wacky world of nature, some comical, most simply interesting or
For example, I just laughed and came to a screeching halt
when I saw these four mushrooms that reminded me of a Pac Man game, with one
mushroom seemingly ready to gobble up its tiny neighbor:
How did that perfect wedge come out of there? And
where did it go? It wasn't lying nearby. Most people would run or walk on by, wouldn't they??
Then there were the mushrooms that looked like they were
Can a fungus have a fungus?? I pondered that
for a couple hundred feet.
So I won't be accused of exaggerating the size
of some of these fungi, I photographed my shoe in the next two photos for
Pretty big suckers, eh? So are my feet!! My Montrail Highlines
are men's size 10½ (equivalent to a women's
11½ or 12, which don't exist in this model - or most others).
definitely the largest spotted red mushroom I've seen on the CT (there were
several pictures of them in the other photo essay):
There were lots of colorful flowers in these
two segments, but only in the open meadows and hillsides. Numerous mushrooms
provided the color in the shade, colors ranging from white-tan-yellow-brown to
Then there was this most unusual black fungus,
shown below. I don't think I've ever seen a black mushroom! It was very
interesting. The camera flash makes it look a bit gray, but it was more black
Another unusual specimen was this spongy light
tan fungus in an interesting arrangement with other natural objects on the shady
I was surprised how many of the mushrooms are
just now peeking out of the dirt. It's late August, and some are still partially
covered by the rich, crumbly compost of the forest floor. They will have a short
life span, here at 10,000 to 11,000 feet in elevation. Before long, the snow's
going to be flying.
Mushrooms come in all sorts of arrangements,
like these clumps and clusters:
Or they can be wrapped up in one little ball
all by themselves:
The one above has a very unique design, as do
the other brown and tan ones below. Their patterns resemble feathers. Other
designs similar to the next three resembled a turtle's shell and butterfly
wings. Nature repeats itself!
While all the mushrooms above "stopped me in
my tracks," I literally did a double-take when I saw the next scenario close to
the trail. At first I thought someone had placed a rock in the middle of this tall
grass-like plant. On close inspection, I discovered it is a mushroom
growing smack dab in the middle, splaying the grass out in an almost-perfect
How cool is that?? I think Mother Nature has a great
sense of humor sometimes!
Hope you've enjoyed the nature show.
Next up: tales of the sometimes humorous, sometimes
sad, often ironic, and always colorful lives of Leadville's "legends." Think
Baby Doe Tabor, Doc Holliday, The Unsinkable Molly Brown . . .