The Mystical World Of Mushrooms Captured In Photos
Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.
Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!
stunning Rhodochrosite slice
spectacular color and formation, wow !
"So I know a few of you might be feeling a bit of anxiety about how next week is going to go. But, there’s kids, there’s nature, and there are all of you. Good things are gonna happen."
“It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.”
FACT: For every $1 we invest in our national parks, our economy sees $10 in return. Get out to a national park today (admission is free) to celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service.
I have 13 different stuffed animals in my bedroom.
How old am I?
Family walked into the VC with their little toddler wearing a tshirt that said “lock up your daughters.”
I am so infuriated.
Herding goats and stealing flowers from small children: my life as a park ranger.
Just another day at the office.
Love you forever and always, Glen. You’ll always be my puppy.
A beautiful, oozing wheel of Margie, from sproutcreekfarm, full of mushroom and brothy notes. You can read more about Sprout Creek from my visit last year. I tasted the Margie then, and it was good, but they have really developed it since then, refining both the texture and the flavor. The Margie won Best In Class at last year’s US Cheese Championship.
Because here’s the thing about realizing you’re into girls. Hardly anyone I know has ever said, “Am I gay?” in the same way they say, “Hey, do you know what the weather’s supposed to be like tomorrow?” Like they just need to figure out how to dress for the occasion. No, when most people ask, “Am I gay?” they ask it with the kind of urgency they would usually reserve for things like, “Do I strap this parachute to my back and jump from this free falling airplane or do I nose dive into the ocean and hope the sharks don’t eat my remains? SINK OR SWIM? LIVE OR DIE? QUENCH THE FIRE OR BURN ALIVE?” It feels so urgent, and the reason it feels so urgent is because you’re probably not just asking, “Hey, do I want to make out with other girls?”
You’re also probably asking: What the hell are my parents going to say when I tell them I want to kiss other girls? And my friends and my co-workers and my classmates and everyone at my family reunion? And what’s that girl going to say when I tell her I want to kiss her? And how is my life ever going to be OK, and how can I go on being the same, and am I the same, and what else do I not know about what’s alive inside me? And who will still love me and who will start hating me, and is God involved, or the government maybe, and what if it’s only one girl I want to kiss, and how do I label myself and must I label myself, and what if I change my mind and, really, what if I do burn alive?