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Sunday, January 17, 2016

January Photo Challenge 1/16 & 1/17

 
Well, I got the photo taken for yesterday's "On the screen" but just didn't follow through and get it posted. Ended up helping DH with the lights on the big truck.......well, helping might be an exaggeration....but I did have to stand there and tell him when the light came on.....LOL  His "Can you help me a minute" translates into ALL DAY!!
 
The prompt for today is "Unusual".  Last summer we had to remove an old tree (it was sick).  I was walking around the yard and discovered ........................ mushrooms!  OH NO! A fungi in my yard! 

 
This has never happened before, but the rains must have kept that spot damp enough to grow these.

 
 
They seem to growing one on top of an other. 
 
A little research proves me right........that spot has stayed damp, and it is over the old dead roots of the tree....
"Why Mushrooms Form
Mushrooms found in lawns often develop from buried scraps of construction lumber, dead tree roots, or other organic matter. The fungi that produce these mushrooms are beneficial because they decompose organic matter in the soil, making nutrients available to other plants.........

 The Good News:
Most lawn mushrooms do not harm your lawn nor cause any damage. They are simply, and quietly, decomposing organic matter and releasing nutrients that are then available for plant growth back into the soil, and that's good to know."

Since there are no small children, or pets around, that might accidently eat them.....I'll not worry.  I'll show them to my GDs, tomorrow, just cause they are unusual (for us and our yard), and explain to them what I learned about them......and of course remind them to leave the mushrooms alone.

Have you ever seen them growing like this......or maybe in the woods???

Inky Hugs
Krisha

5 comments:

  1. Hi Krisha, I hope the lights on the truck are now working properly after all your help.

    What interesting photos. I was interested to read the information about them. They are quite big. Barbxx

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  2. I've helped DH like that too. A minute translates into much longer on most occasions. We have had strange looking mushrooms come up after adding new wood mulch to the garden borders. Your's look pretty, actually. Thanks for the good lesson also.

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  3. I don't think I have ever seen them clumped together like that.

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  4. Hello Krisha, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment about my painting. Looks like your garden just needs some fairies and you are set for a magical scene.

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  5. I like that you are keeping up with your challenge, and I know how real life gets in the way of computer time. It's happening to me this week.

    I've seen mushrooms in a friend's yard, but they didn't cluster like that. They had more pointed tops. There's a technique for gathering the white from the backs of them, but I don't remember what it is. I am SURE I saw it on Patty's blog, though. It's a way to color your paper or fabric, but I can't remember which.

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