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:

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

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  2. Yes, weird and wonderful for sure, Karen!

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

    Thanks
    Leontien

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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.

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

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  10. Wow! It's very interesting looking!

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

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  12. 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

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

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  14. 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!!

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

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

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

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  18. Nice colors and great capture!
    Best regards,
    Marion

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  19. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Have a nice and happy week****

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

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  27. It looks like an Alien ;) Great shot!

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  28. 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

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

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  30. Stunning shot, love the vibrant red.

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

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  32. 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!

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

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  34. Great colors in this unusually shaped mushroom.

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

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

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

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  38. Wow !! How extrodinary...amazing pic!

    Veronica

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

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

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  41. Who would love to eat such a bright treat?

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  42. I have changed my blogname and all the links are not working now. If you have a link to my blog or the button in your sidebar you have to change it, that you can reach me. Thank you soooo much for your help! :) Tina

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