Saturday, October 17, 2015

Life in the fast lane

 Photographed nine days ago by the paved path that connects the FRC parking lot to the upper campus classrooms.  These can erupt overnight.  The one in the above photo was barely visible as a tiny white dome the day before, then was already 5" tall on this day.   The others in this series were
 from two to five days old, and in the third and fourth photos you can see that the auto-digestive process has made them almost entirely disintegrate.  When I came by this same spot 5 days ago,
 they were all gone.  All that remained were a few small piles of black goop.  The stems had collapsed or been digested totally.  Meanwhile, my other favorite place to observe the Shaggy Manes in the fall, the west end of Jackson Street, showed no signs of their appearance.  I thought that perhaps roadside maintenance had killed them off.
 In this spot at the college, there's another species of fungi growing abundantly that look like pancakes on pedestals.  I don't know the species, but they stay around for many days.  In fact the ones in the photo below looked about the same for over a week, and they are still there, looking only slightly aged.  My next post will reveal some surprises.

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