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Old Sep 27, 2011, 8:07 PM   #1
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Plenty of early Autumn rains lately here in Northeast Tennessee. Damp weather and the beginning of leaf-fall means good nutrition for varied fungi!
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Been down plenty of damp trails this past week, and amazed at how rapidly the mushrooms are growing!

Here are several views of a common beige gilled mushroom. Which DOF on the landscape shot do you prefer?
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The last batch were at a county park in nearby Hamblen County - Cherokee Park. We also noticed plenty of shelf fungi on the standing dead trees - mostly the common pale and banded ("turkey tail") varieties, but also some of these odd purplish ones. Notice these have "spikes" instead of the more typical "gills" of most mushrooms. Both are the surfaces that produce the spores for future fungus generations, just different varieties...
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Had some fine hikes up Pinnacle Trail recently, and will post some other photos from that corner of Buffalo Mt later. But wanted to add these mushrooms from Pinnacle here. Another of the more abundant gilled variety...

(three different perspectives - which do you prefer?)
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Mushrooms that are just expanding are called "buttons" for rather obvious reasons. This is often the tastiest stage of most edible mushrooms, but also the most dangerous - because it's hardest to tell species apart at this early stage...
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 8:20 PM   #6
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Turning mushroom's into abstract art, nice job mole

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On the other hand, I don't think anyone would try to eat these tiny, slimy little puffball mushrooms called "puffballs in aspic." But they are fun to play with! (can you see the cloud of spores in the background? just released from this little "puffer")
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 8:24 PM   #8
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Hope you enjoyed these "fungus among-us" shots - mostly from Buffalo Mt area, and almost all taken with the DA 35 macro.

Have LOTS more photos from recent hikes on both sides of Buffalo Mountain, hope to have time to post these tomorrow.

Thanks for any comments, critique & suggestions!
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Cool! We are growing a bumper crop up here in the yard, too. Although, they keep getting broken before I can get out there with the camera.

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Great series Mole,

Really like the purple and red ones.
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