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Mushroom with a point

Posted by
Spike (not Bristol, United Kingdom) on 17 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

This little character was growing (with a bunch of siblings) on the edge of a maple glade in Westonbirt Arboretum.

I think it's just a common puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum), although the ones I remember from my North American youth didn't have the spiky surface. In any event, I know enough about mushrooms to know I don't know enough about mushrooms to even think about taking it home to dinner.

Thanks for stopping to take a look.

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

Looks like the dry leaf is about to eat the poor little mushroom... :)

17 Sep 2011 9:13am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

I know nothing about mushrooms, but there were loads out in the woods last weekend. Not sure any of my pics match up to this, it looks like a game of natural Pacman!

17 Sep 2011 3:55pm

@digitalCG: One thing that swayed me towards the Pentax 100WR macro instead of the Sigma or Tamron was a throwaway remark in one of the reviews, something like: the weather sealing could come in handy if you're the sort that's likely to be photographing mushrooms in the rain. And I thought, yup...

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

hi hi/ never saw a mushroom like yours
nice macro

18 Sep 2011 12:23am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Beautiful sharp and clear. I'm with you on the "taking the mushroom home for dinner" but I'm always tempted! They look so good!

19 Sep 2011 12:00pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

also had a mushroom/tree/autumn walk yesterday and was looking for these fellows. 20 years ago we had them every year on the garden, no they have disappeared. Beautiful "down to the earth" angle and good focus!

25 Sep 2011 11:55am