Decay and Rebirth in the Forest

in Wednesday Walk2 years ago (edited)

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Yesterday after work, I wandered through the woods taking pictures of the various mushrooms growing happily in our unusually cool and wet weather. I timed my walk after the rain was done for the day, but everything was wet, and I was scrambling through the brush and following deer trails, so I was still pretty drenched at the end of a relatively short scramble. Tag along on a tour of the woods in my corner of the inland northwest!

I'm no expert on mushroom identification, and my phone didn't do such a great job capturing everything I saw, but I selected several shots I felt were good enough to share despite my limited skill and sketchy smartphone camera.

I cropped and edited the top photo for an earlier post, but the rest haven't been shared in any form elsewhere. The bottom image from a slightly different angle shows the other small brown mushrooms nearby as well.

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I included a slightly-blurry scandalous upskirt shot of one mushroom as well for you perverts. There was also this neat old stump covered in moss and lichens.

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Several areas were covered with many small mushrooms just a centimeter or so in diameter. This was the best shot I got of any such clusters though. I also found a rock and another stump covered in more moss and lichens.

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Back to the fungi! I really have no idea what either of these are, and I really, really hope no one looks into the stupid names I gave these images. The dark ones in the bottom image actually lifted rocks as they grew.

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There were many of these mushrooms, which I think are a variety of amanita. Close inspection of the ground around them shows evidence of an almost explosive rate of growth tearing through the soil and pushing detritus aside.

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Here's hoping the cool weather and unusually high rainfall lead to a wildfire-free summer and autumn. If you can identify any of these fungi in the comments, I will be deeply appreciative. Larger upvotes and $PIZZA tokens maybe awarded for particularly helpful comments.


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I included a slightly-blurry scandalous upskirt shot of one mushroom as well for you perverts

I may never look at a mushroom quite the same way again. Ha ha!

I think your phone did well and such a cool variety of Mushrooms

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)