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Old Aug 12, 2012, 9:19 PM   #11
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One last "fungus among us" to wrap up this little stroll through the damp East Tennessee woodlands...

This is a fungus that announces itself by smell, long before you spot it. There's a good reason why it's called the Stinkhorn! That stinky brown slime is full of spores. Flies are drawn by the "perfume," and spread the spores by carrying some of the slime away on their feet!
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Like all of nature, these varied fungi serve an important purpose. Most are decomposers - helping dead things return to the soil. And many are important food sources for chipmunks, squirrels, snails, turtles (and even some Park Rangers!).

Hope you enjoyed the fungus tour, and that you will share your comments, critique and suggestions!
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 9:45 PM   #13
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All I can say is wow, great job and Terrific photography..
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What a fantastic assortment of fungal fruiting bodies - the ground beneath the forest floor must be one huge mass of mycelia!

These are terrific shots, Marty, actually beyond terrific - but if you would number the frames in these long threads of yours it would be easier to comment on those without names - there is one between the boletes and puffballs that looks for all the world like an oceanic jellyfish with a long mass of tentacles. Isolate that medusoid mushroom from the background and put it with the coral fungus and you could create an undersea Marine Mushroom Garden! Unbelievable!
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What a varied & interesting collection; liked the back-lit white gilled mushrooms on the trunk of a dead Oak at Laurel Run Park & bolete-type mushrooms.
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Very nice Mole another great series, hard to chose but I like the 2nd shot best. I like the lighting (exposure or PP) and the compositions.

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cool very cool
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FYI. Fungi emerged as a separate kind of life nearly 1 billion years ago and there are more than 56,000 known species. Special shots of a special kingdom.
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Once again Mole, you remind me to slow down and see all the little things that surround us. I typically walk right past mushrooms without affording them even a glance, but I'll be sure to look more carefully next time!
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