Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Alien Has Landed


Another example of the weird and wonderful fungi found in the forests up at the cottage, in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.
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This is a Rosy Russula, most often found in mixed wood forests of Red Maple, Balsm Fir, and spruce trees. This mushroom is a favorite food for Red squirrels. They carry them up trees, and hang them from branch forks, or stuff them in cracks in the bark. There, the mushrooms will dry out, and be preserved for eating later in the winter.

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50 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

very interesting.

Debbie said...

it looks like a fish or a seashell, what an unusual color!!

EG Wow said...

Yes, weird and wonderful for sure, Karen!

Leontien said...

Great color and great that it has a little piece ripped of so it makes it extra special!

Thanks
Leontien

Kel said...

i can see why the squirrels would like them, they look delicious

One said...

Wow! Love your alien. Wish I could find them here too.

My garden haven said...

The colour is most unusual for a mushroom. No wonder it is called Rosy...she certainly blushes a beetroot red!
Rosie

Kala said...

The color is lovely. And those squirrels are darned clever!

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

I've never seen one quite like that! It looks ALIVE - and I mean the 'get up and walk away' kind of alive.

It's pretty, but I'm guessing it's also pretty toxic.

Ellie said...

That mushroom looks amazing - I was wondering if it was poisonous as well, maybe not to animals - but humans may be.

ShonEjai said...

Wow! It's very interesting looking!

emzkie said...

wow thats a cool shot of ur fungus.
thanks for visiting my fungus too!
have a nice day!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice shot. I often think that fungi look like they are from another world - and they ended up here by mistake!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

em said...

Wow. What wonderful coloring! I couldn't ever imagine seeing that in the woods around here (MN)!

Kim, USA said...

OMG seems like aliens just landed in Macro Monday today, had seen a lot this morning I might have a nightmare tonight hahaha. This mushroom is pretty unique with a teeth on the side? Ekkkk!!

Gringo said...

Wow, nice shot Karen, don't think I'll be queueing up to taste it though!

Amy said...

I've never seen anything like this! Very cool looking.

Lois said...

Such a bright color! I've never seen one before.

Marion said...

Nice colors and great capture!
Best regards,
Marion

Woody said...

That's a cool mushroom, the white fingers add great visual interest.

I saw a similar mushroom last week at:

http://visualnorway.blogspot.com/2011/09/red-toadstool-rd-fluesopp.html

Linnea said...

Very strange! It sort of looks like a rotting apple! Nice colors though. Thanks for stopping by.

Gattina said...

Strange mushroom, and interesting story, I didn't know that squirrels eat mushrooms !

Robin said...

My goodness, it looks like it has teeth! Great catch for RT.

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LauraX said...

funky fungi Karen...looks like it has teeth!

Gary said...

Who said those red squirrels weren't quite smart. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Cildemer said...

Wonderful shot and very interesting information!
the squirrels are lovely and smart little critters!
Thanks for sharing, Karen;o)

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ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Amazingly colorful ~ Great shot ~ thanks,namaste, Carol ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Birgitta said...

It looks like an Alien ;) Great shot!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Karen girl it is so colourful it looks hand painted ! Who would know of all these interesting fungi if some one didn't take great pictures of them like this : ) hey .. Madam Butterfly is a happy camper next to the Molsons!
Joy

lina@women's perspectives said...

It has strange look! Great capture :)

lina@home sweet home said...

I agree. It's like an alien head :D

Liz said...

Cute red mushroom.

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Maria @ LSS said...

Wonderful shot.

Loree said...

That does look a bit like something alien. Clever little squirrels :)

Lauri said...

Stunning shot, love the vibrant red.

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Great shot! Would like to see you on my PicStory (this week: macro) So if you like.... :)

Dianne said...

it has fangs! :)

Ralph said...

What a neat fungi! The shape looks like a manta ray in style, the ruby hue a far cry from the usual grayish mushroom. A neat capture!

Inger-M said...

That's a lovely vivid color!

ElfRenee said...

Beautiful!! I think it's the spaceship that carried my alien to earth. :)

Nadege, said...

Great colors in this unusually shaped mushroom.

SquirrelQueen said...

This weird mushroom is indeed wonderful. I have never seen one like that before.

NatureFootstep said...

most fungis are beutiful in shape and color. But I woudlbe careful cooking them.

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Thanks for linking up this great shot with PicStory. I love this pic :)

Veronica said...

Wow !! How extrodinary...amazing pic!

Veronica

katerchen said...

toll der Fliegenpilz..hatte neulich auch welche im blog
LG vom katerchen

Johnny Nutcase said...

i love fungi, and i love this one. great macro!!

jeannette said...

Who would love to eat such a bright treat?

elke said...

Thats a great pic!

lg
elke

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