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Exquisitely Strange -- Bingham, Illinois
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
-- Francis Bacon

Well said, Mr. Bacon, well said... :) This is a vary large Clitocybe mushroom, although I'm unsure of its exact species. I stumbled across this strange giant in the deep woods of southern Illinois a few summers ago. I should've put something else in the frame so that you could get a better sense of scale, but the crown of this guy was roughly the size of a dinner plate.

For +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure (yours truly), and +ShroomshotSaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Patti Colston, +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A...

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For this weeks shot only a trip to the back yard. In the back lawn after some recent rains a few puff balls / earth stars appeared, so what better opportunity than that.

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Cinnabar Chanterelles ( Cantharellus cinnabarinus ) - Bingham, Illinois
I found this eye-catching little family of chanterelles among the roots of a large oak tree (which you can see in the immediate background) in the deep woods of southern Illinois. There were several patches of these orange beauties scattered around the area and they stood out quite brightly against the moss and leaves.

Cantharellus cinnabarinus is a fungus native to eastern North America. It is a member of the genus Cantharellus along with other chanterelles. It is named after its red color, which is imparted by the carotenoid canthaxanthin. It is edible, fruiting in association with hardwood trees in the summer and fall.

Grows singly or in groups of up to many in moss, leaves, and grass, on paths, and under oaks. This is a very common little mushroom and when it is present, it is often a sign that other chanterelles (C. cibarius, C. lateritius) are around.

This species is mycorrhizal: It exists as a network of cells (mycelium) connected to tree roots, in a symbiotic relationship with the tree. The netlike fibers of the fungus multiply the roots' ability for absorbing water and nutrients. In return, the tree shares nutrients with the fungus. In fact, many trees tend to fare poorly without their fungal partners. When ready to reproduce, the mycelium sends up the “mushroom” above ground — this is the reproductive structure. Spores are produced in mushrooms and are released to begin new mycelia elsewhere. The mycelium of a mushroom can live for decades.

For an early +Fungus Friday / #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure and +Leonie H, and +Shroomshotsaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia A, and +AllThingsOrange / #AllThingsOrange curated by +Nina Piccoli, +Lauren Kelly, and +Kenneth Williams...

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Can anyone identify this polypore and let me know if its edible :) it was found in Northern California

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Some puffball fungus from a recent hike along the Panther Branch trail in Gunpowder Falls State Park.

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Todays Miushrooms shot taken in the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan, South West of Sydney. Best viewed large fro all the fine details on this one.

If your in the area on the 13th August drop into the gardens, Science in the Wild will be in full swing and I've be on one of the stands with a photography display including a mushroom set up where I'll walk anyone thought how I shoot the mushroom shots I post here. Drop in and say hi if your in the area.

https://www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/What-s-On/Science-in-the-Wild

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This week's Mushroom shot taken today in the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan. As I was starting to set up this shot a Red-bellied black snake slide out of the way for me, nice if it to do so. Snakes are still active in the gardens at the moment.
Best Viewed large for all the finer details in this one.

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Wow what can I say, over the next week my Mushroom collection will reach 90000 followers. Unbelievable. Thank you to everyone that's been following my on my journey photographing Mushrooms. A huge Thankyou to +Patti Colston for the +ShroomshotSaturday theme that's keep me heading out every Saturday to find a shot to post, even on the days that I really didn't feel that into it, but the thought of missing a post kept me going. So each week I head out to try and find a mushroom to post on the weeks I don't find one I have a few up my sleeve from days I found a few extras. So most weeks for the last few years I've posted a shot to this theme and when collections came along I added them into my collection. Over the time the following has grown to where it is today just short of 90000. Thanks everyone. Very much appreciate.
This weeks shot was taken this afternoon in the Australian Botanic Gardens, (Where most of these shots have come from). Many more to come.

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Soakin' up the first rays of spring with this capture from our very own +Sabeena LoBello Why not show Sabeena your appreciation for this capture by plussing both here and, on the original post ~ +Patricia A
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