Dark and Lovely

The last week of rain and humid temperatures have at least been good for something – if not bird banding. A lovely patch of mushrooms growing in the wood chips right outside the bird observatory door.


I have no idea what kind they are, and haven’t had time to look them up, as I’m on a book deadline. They didn’t last more than a day, but soon took on an even more sinister look as they began to wilt and topple.


I’m not an expert on fungi, by any stretch of the imagination, but I would venture to say that these babies are probably deadly. They have that look, wouldn’t you say?



7 Responses to “Dark and Lovely”

  1. KGMom Says:

    Mushrooms are most interesting–the variety of shapes & colors. But I would NEVER trust my knowledge (or lack thereof) to decided if mushrooms are safe or not. The only kind I make to eat come from the grocery store!

  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook Says:

    Egads! Those things DO look sinister!!

  3. Laura Says:

    Yuck – gross!

    I was in the woods this weekend with the pup and saw some interesting mushrooms, but didn’t photograph them. There was a little purple one growing beneath a log and a red and white toadstool that looked like something from a cartoon.

    Maybe someday I’ll pay attention enough to learn them.

  4. Nina Says:

    Mushrooms scare me–few things can pack such a wallop in such a pretty package.
    And, so many edible ones have a toxic look-alike. That’s enough for me to not want to attempt to eat one! Maybe it’s a good thing these aren’t attractive?

  5. Larry Says:

    Interesting!-like from the set of Stephen Kings Creepshow.!-Cathy on Looking Up is in to that stuff .

  6. cestoady Says:

    While not a mushroom specialist, it looks to me that you have a classic cluster of Inky Caps (Coprinus sp.). Believe it or not, most of the species are edible — but in the later stages when they are in the deliquescence stage (becoming inky,as you picture) ,they hardly look inviting.

  7. Cathy Says:

    I discovered you through KGMom today and was admiring your wonderful photographs, but was in a lurking mood until I saw Larry’s comment above :0D

    C’est moi and I see that Cestoady beat me to the ID punch.

    Great, great perspective on the deliquescing Coprinus.

    BTW. WHO is Cestoady? He/She is marvelously informed and generous with information.

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