Friday, July 24, 2009

Formidable Fungus

Giant Fungus
(click on photo to enlarge)

I was out and about for a while today with camera in hand. While visiting Gardening Daughter, she said "you ought to see the mushrooms in the yard next door." What to my eyes and lens should appear but a whole chain of fungi the size of the one pictured above. Lest one should think that I, and my camera, exaggerate, please note the United States legal tender quarter dollar resting on the upper section of said fungus.



I'm sure there are larger examples of fungi elsewhere in blogdom, but these were the largest ones I've ever seen.

More, later.

16 comments:

Wanda said...

That is extremely big Pat...
I have come across some rather weird looking fungus this year...was going to do a post in near future...

Have a good weekend!

Snap said...

Whoa! Did you do an Alice in Wonderland and fall through the door? ;D

NitWit1 said...

Holy smolies.I never have seen one that big.

I wonder if that is poisonous or edible~

Jackie said...

Nature is wonderful....
Can you imagine a small creature finding that in a rainstorm and thinking, "Ah...a shelter...just for me!"
I like the way you put the quarter on it to let us know the size.
Smiles from Jackie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That is one HUGE mushroom, Pat... Gads---we have them around here but I don't remember seeing one THAT big. Guess they like all of the rain we have had this summer!!!

Have a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

jinksy said...

Sheesh!

Gallicissa said...

Yeah, that would qualify as a biggie. The scale provided by the coin gives a good idea of its size.

Moannie said...

That's a big'un, Pat. I often wonder who was the very first person to look at a mushroom, frog,snail...and say 'I think I'll eat that.'

Your EG Tour Guide said...

WHOA! Is that mushroom from another planet? LOL

richies said...

We have had some very large mushrooms in our yard, but never that big.

An Arkies Musings

Diana said...

I love that photo Pat! I would have loved to see the expression on your face when you first saw it!

Peter said...

That's not a fungus..., it is a flying saucer! I am sure that careful investigation would reveal a command station on board filled with small green aliens with enormous IQs, big heads, adorable smiles, and one or more goggly eyes. They come in peace... (I hope) and they form circles as mutual protection.

Hilary said...

There can't be mushroom left for the grass to grow.. ;)

Aly Beth said...

Those little tire nubs around the perimeter seem unnatural. But very cool!

~Aly

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

That is astonishing. Kind of gives me the willies.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

It looks like a designer mushroom with its own logo in the middle. Just ignore the coin. lol. Pretty cute Ma'am Pat!