Leaf Puzzles And Assorted ‘Shrooms

A few oddities caught my eye as I surveyed my little patch of land I currently call home …

That’s a 30cm/12” ruler next to the ‘shroom, which has increased its girth by a third since I snapped this pic

That’s a 30cm/12” ruler next to the ‘shroom, which has increased its girth by a third since I snapped this pic

That thing could feed a family of starving ‘shroom-eaters for a month!

Also, there’s something snacking on the aspen leaves hereabouts…

I suspect whatever it is has been imbibing in far too much elderberry wine to gnaw in a straight line

I suspect whatever it is has been imbibing in far too much elderberry wine to gnaw in a straight line

It reminds me of a find-your-way-home puzzles I used to get in those jumbo puzzle books, with my Christmas presents when I was a kid, that were about an inch thick and printed on really cheap paper. Kept me occupied on-and-off for months.

Next we come to your bog-standard bit of lichen, just trundling along, minding its own business, connecting with all the other cyanobacteria all over the world …

Lichen – plotting world domination

Lichen – plotting world domination

When you think about it, all life-forms, by the very definition of ‘life’, are plotting world domination. I’m surprised they’ve let us humans have our delusions of grandeur (adequacy) for this long.

Finally, this little oddity kinda made my skin crawl …

Those bleached and wavy tendrils are just waiting for me to come close enough

Those bleached and wavy tendrils are just waiting for me to come close enough

-oOo-

And entirely on a different note – I came across this graphic the other day that is probably the best visualisation I’ve seen so far of why humidity kills, (more than just heat) in the sort of dastardly weather the northern hemisphere is dumping on us this Summer …

-oOo-

That’s it until our next adventure, probably some time next week.

May your humidity be low, your fungi edible, and your plants snack on … someone else.

The Adventure continues.

24 comments on “Leaf Puzzles And Assorted ‘Shrooms

  1. what kind of mushroom is that and yes stay away from those body snatching tendrils!

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  2. Those leaf patterns remind me of mazes – intricate

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  3. I’ll bet the mushroom is a Boletus of some sort. Did you notice if it has gills underneath, or does it look like a sponge? If sponge, it’s a boletus. Looks like something has been nibbling on it.
    I think the eaters of leaves are leaf-miners. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_miner I wonder if anyone has written a story about messages in those patterns? Or reads them like tea leaves?
    No idea what the fuzzy white stuff might be.

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  4. It is amazing what you can see, growing right outside our back door… that fluffy white stuff is simply wrong…

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  5. The aspen leaves nibbler has produced good work

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  6. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Funny, the things that slide away when we’re in relationships. I love mushrooms, but hubby does not, so it’s rare that I consume them now. It’s not like I can’t go out and get whatever I want, but it gets put on a back shelf, and then I forget. Maybe it’s not as important as I thought? Then again, I’ve been making extra efforts these days to treat myself with those things that have slipped away, lol! Before it’s too late…….:)

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  7. Yeah, I love strange plants and other creatures, but that fuzzy one gives me the creeps too. By the way, I’m currently reading and very much enjoying, The Last Dragon in London. I’ll review it for you when I’m done. 😀

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  8. quiall says:

    Ha ha ha! Well, at least your neighbours are quiet.

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  9. “That thing could feed a family of starving ‘shroom-eaters for a month!” Lol. Enjoy your walks and all those discoveries!

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  10. acflory says:

    That humidity graph really got me thinking. I guess high humidity teamed with high heat turns human bodies into pressure cookers coz you simply can’t cool down. Hope Canada is a bit more pleasant than the rest of the northern hemisphere.

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  11. alisendopf says:

    Lichen – plotting world domination. Just about spit out my tea. Laughed so hard!!! I’m SO going to steal that next time I’m on a lichen covered mountain top. You kill me! 🤣

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