Alternate titles for this post: Mushroom Palooza, Mushroom Mania, Mushroomville USA, Denise’s Idea of Paradise
I discovered mushrooms in Arkansas. They were captivating and other-worldly. I took dozens upon dozens of photos and narrowed the selection down to 17 essential mushroom photos for you to enjoy. The text will be kept at a minimum as I think the photos speak for themselves.
I didn’t know what the black object was when I photographed the mushroom photo above. When I reviewed the photos on my computer, I realized it’s one of my favorite spiders, the Micrathena gracilis. See the photo below for a close-up.
Don’t you want to reach out and touch one of these mushrooms? I certainly wanted to but given the risk of encountering poisonous mushrooms I was hesitant.
But science and satisfying my own curiosity required I touch a mushroom. I felt one of the light colored ‘shrooms. It felt squishy, like a balloon. It was not the same feeling as a common mushroom you purchase from the grocery store. I didn’t develop a heinous skin reaction so I continued to study the mushrooms with my finger. (I washed my hands before eating later that day.)
There were darker versions of the same mushroom. I assume these are aged mushrooms.
At one location which is burned in my memory as the most enchanting mushroom location I have ever visited, I noticed brown powder. I sat and inspected the area.
The powdery substance is dried up mushroom.
I touched one of the aged looking ‘shrooms and a puff of powder exuded from the mushroom. I could have stayed next to this log all day, admiring the mushrooms.
The neatest cluster of mushrooms I have ever seen.
A few days later my friend and I inquired with the locals about these mushrooms. They didn’t know the technical name – but they were very familiar with them since childhood. They referred to them as puff mushrooms. I felt safer knowing that the locals describing their experiences with the mushrooms had reached middle age without dying from exposure to these fascinating ‘shrooms!
Before leaving Arkansas, I touched one more mushroom to see the puff of powder.
Some sleuthing on the Internet led to an unofficial identification of these mushrooms: Puffballs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffball
Cameras: Rockalita Sunshine (Canon EOS 5D Mark IV), Canon G16
Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Date: October 2016