TODAY IS A FRABJOUS DAY. You want to know why? Well, if you looked at the title of the post, you may have noticed something very interesting. *drumroll* IT'S MY FIRST GUEST POST!!! Not only that, but it's by my lovely friend Abi Ellison. ^_^ Because I'm sure you guys are all dying to read her post, I'll just stop rambling and hand you over to Abi!
Hello! I'm Abi from The Left-Handed Typist! I have followed the lovely Mary for almost as long as I've been on the blogosphere (a whopping 6 months). While my blog is strictly devoted to writing, reading, and book-related posts, I love that Mary has left herself the freedom to do whatever! I am exploiting that today and presenting what is a fairly random post for me: my craze for mushrooms!! (Actually, the entire fungi kingdom, but I had to narrow it down. ;) )
In case you missed my intro, this post's image, and the title, I love mushrooms! I can hear you now: ewwwww, to eat? Well, no. I mean they're okay
especially if they're on pizza or something. But I really love mushrooms in nature. And this post is all about making you converts to my shroom fandom. Suuuuurely you will appreciate some kind of mushroom I share ;)
My love for these overlooked creatures of nature began when I studied Biology in high school. I loved learning about all the fungi! But mushrooms in particular. Let's face it: decomposers. are. cool. I guess I'd overlooked them, too, because living in Texas, we didn't see many. I now faithfully hunt them in our neighborhood wood every time it rains for more than 10 minutes. It's been such a rainy year for us I actually found some in my backyard the other day! In AUGUST!!!!! I was so happy ^.^ I just think they are so delicate, complex, and unique. God made them that way for us to appreciate (and sometimes to eat). So join the mushroom appreciation bandwagon already! *glares*
For those of you who think everything fungus-related is icky, I understand. But please check out how cool these mushroom varieties I'm about to share with you are! I promise I'm not going to feed you any or even make you touch them
guilty. These are in no particular order xD
IS THAT NOT A BEAUTIFUL WORD?! *ahem* I just learned it a few weeks ago and it still makes me happy ^.^ Check out this definition: "an edible woodland mushroom with a yellow funnel-shaped cap and a faint smell of apricots, found in both Eurasia and North America." If you're a yellow fan, these should make you smile. Look at the awesome ridging underneath!
2.) Hen of the Woods
Before you laugh at the name, check out that picture!! These are super curly and lacy and they just make me smile. They're out the sides of trees a lot and grow in shelves sometimes. I think this one's edible, too, but please don't quote me on that!! I have yet to eat a mushroom from the wild ;)
3.) Fly Agaric
Don't ask what's up with the name. This is the most commonly depicted sort of mushroom in the fantasy world. Super cute, fun, and classy if you ask me. I love how the white spots can look like snowflakes or feathers. And the sort that flatten out or even form a bowl shape on the top like this are super interesting. The fact that Mario Bros caught on to their awesomeness has helped their popularity ;)
4.) Death Cap
A little foreboding, no? Guessing they're highly poisonous ;) This one looks like it should be a cement bird bath or something!
5.) Pixie's Parasol
Excuse me, how could you not love anything with that name? It should tug at your fantasy heartstrings. Aren't they adorable?! (The answer is yes.) So dainty and delicate. :)
This one almost looks like a flower, huh? Look, all the cool faerie outfits in Tinker Bell and Epic had to be based on something in the real world, okay. Why not a mushroom? :)
7.) Shaggy Ink Cap
These are among my favorite EVER. Ink caps are cool enough on their own, with their funky little shape. Add shag? Ten times better! They look fluffy like down, don't you think?
8.) Indigo Milk Cap
Hehe, this one's so cute. I love that you can see the underneath so well, where the spores are stored. (Mushrooms actually feel like velvet if you pet underneath their cap.) I think this one resembles a fan at a ball :)
First, that color! I'm seeing greyish purple which happens to be my favorite color ^.^ I think its more cavernous cap looks like coral reef material.
Purple again. It amazes me the variety of colors mushrooms come in! I'm seeing umbrellas with these but the striping is almost circus tent. You wouldn't believe how sturdy these are even with a teeny little stem. *happy sigh* I love them.
And believe me, I only scratched the surface! If you aren't sold yet, I'm not sure there's much I can do for you. So I hand you over to the power of Pinterest. Just type in "mushroom photography." Trust me, you'll want a board. Or two. Or three.
In case you're wondering how many of these actually exist, here's the August bloomers I discovered:
And if you can't agree with me on anything else in this post, at least you can agree that this post was definitely, beyond a doubt, random.
~ Abi | theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.
Thanks so much for dropping in, Abi! It was so much fun having you enlighten us about the fabulousness of fungi. ;)
If you haven't already checked out Abi's blog, DO IT. I don't want to have to threaten you guys with my cat. (She's fierce. ;D)