Discussion in 'Nature' started by sallymack, Nov 6, 2017.
Detail of very small palm tree.
American White Pelican landing at White Rock Lake, Dallas.
Definitely no words
Stinkhorn - I think
Big Old Buck by David Stephens, on Flickr
Oh, but a picture of fungi is worth at least a thousand words.
Yepper, it's a stinkhorn, and depending on where you are (England?) its probably Phallus impudicus. Isn't that a great name? Just makes me want to spit it out with impunity. These have a few name changes, but that's the name used by First Nature. (First Nature is a link to the mushroom on the site.....I don't know why pnet cant get the links to show unless they are hovered over)
Thanks very much, Laura - about ten minutes after I took the shot (yesterday) a family with two kids and a dog kicked it over - when I asked why, they said because it was poisonous. Sigh.
Thank you for the link - I've copied it to help in the future.
The inspiration of this shot was the spoon shaped bill. I don't think I have used repetition in a nature shot before with one subject but here there are "three bills"
Tony, IF it were poisonous, wouldn't kicking it spread the presumably poisonous spores more quickly and widely than otherwise? People!
Yes - I know, but destruction is all they know, it appears. These days, there seems to be no education in Natural History or Ecology at all
American white pelican, taking off, captured yesterday (November 5) in Palo Alto, California
A yellowjacket wasp appearing to feed off the spoils of a spider web.
Hope you'll like it.
Toad-in-the-hole ,Punta Colorada, Uruguay. I have no idea what species this is. It came forward and retreated as I photographed it but I still don't know why. Maybe it was because we don't change the clocks down here ;-}
Not much going on here in drear November, so dropping back to last month, I ran into this little guy on the beach in Rhode Island. A long flight ahead, good luck!
Truth be known, flies spread the spores. They will find remnants of stinkhorns if kicked into the next county. They will even want to lick the goo left on the kids shoes. So, yes, kicking them will attract flies to a further away location, and then spores will be taken even further.
Thanks, Laura - yet another thing I didn't know ! I realised the flies were attracted to the apparent aroma (which I cannot smell, yet I can follow a fox if one's been around !), but didn't know they were instrumental in that way too. So, in fact, the apparent ecological vandalism may have had a beneficial outcome. Serve them right.
Fall colors, New York
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