Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mushrooms



My friend Cathy called to tell me aliens had landed in her backyard. The saucer had just dropped them off, leaving them to explore and possibly absorb us and take over the world.



These wee, tiny mop-tops sat atop hairy stems.




While we saw no evidence of eyes we had no doubt they were following our every move.




They appear oh so innocent, but we noticed some were gathered together as if whispering.




Wasn't this one just over there beside the sycamore?



How silly. Mushrooms do not move about, have flying saucers, think or take over the world. However, they've been known to take over my own backyard...but that's my own fault.



I have no clue what kind of mushrooms these are but the textures and colors are fascinating. I love mushrooms. Particularly, I love mushrooms sauteed in a little EVOO and sliced, fresh garlic, dappled with freshly ground pepper and simmered in sweet vermouth for a few hours. Any good mushroom recipes out there? And, anyone have a clue what kind of mushrooms these are?

12 comments:

Warren said...

great pictures -- my theory is that every so often the earth sends up ears to listen to the birds... ;^)

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Those are very strange looking! Definitely alien. LOL Great captures.

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Naquillity said...

great photos. those black markings remind me of raisins, lol. don't know why but that was my first thought. i've been wanting some stir fry lately with some mushrooms mixed in. oh that would be sooo good but i don't have any mushrooms, sigh. hope all is well. have a great day.

Jan said...

Fascinating, but I wouldn't try eating them until I found out what they are...LOL...
Blessings,
Jan

Randy Emmitt said...

These are related to the death cap, good thing you did not eat them....

Gaelyn said...

Not sure what it is so I wouldn't eat it. But I like it's story.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Love the writing in this one. hee hee.

Oh, and "simmered in sweet vermouth"..mmmmmm brilliant! :)

forgetmenot said...

Your Skywatch pictures are totally awesome--right place at the right time with your camera!! Beautiful, beautiful! Mickie :)

Eve said...

I don't know what they are but after that description, I think they are kinda cute! I just love a nice portabella sautéed in olive oil. Or on a pizza with a good friend!

Carol said...

I thought I noted a bit of the evil eye in one of your mushrooms! Randy would know. I find it so remarkable plants produce toxins that kill other beings. To protect themselves of course. Still it is all so intriguing. Where is the link . . . the awareness that one chemical molecule can kill. Plant intelligence is pretty impressive. I bet there were aware of your every move. What is EVOO? I love shiitake mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with a bit of garlic and veggies or anything.

Bo Mackison said...

Mmmmm...I like my fungi on a plate in a wine sauce. These look none too savory! :-)

Amazing, how many there were though. I've always been fascinated with the life cycle of the mushroom.

Mack Shepperson said...

Hmmm, these mushrooms might be relatives of the infamous Death Cap mushrooms. I hope you had a mushroom expert take a look at these visitors before you picked them out of the ground to be sure. They do look very strange and alien-like, don’t they? Have you ever found other mushrooms in anyone else’s backyard?

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