Looking Down

In Spring 2018 we added two dogs to our family of three humans and two cats.  Of course certain chores accompany pet ownership and I am the person most often on poop patrol.  I got this job for a couple of reasons, but primarily they all lead back to… I don’t want to step in poop.  Interestingly this morning as I was scanning for poop (and sticks) preparing to mow the lawn, I noticed that there was a lot going on down there.

I attribute these mushrooms to years of mulching grass clippings and fallen leaves into the lawn and not to dog poop, but I could be wrong. Here is what I learned:

  • It is very hard to be confident that you have identified the mushroom correctly.
  • The Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms will glow in the dark faintly and make you very very sick if eaten.
  • The Stinkhorn Mushroom really does stink and looks like severed fingers after you mow over it in the lawn…gasp!

Meadow Mushrooms

I am giving this impressive collection its own slideshow so you can see how big it is and  how cheerful in the lawn.


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Others I found..

I’m trying to refrain from putting in a silly amount of photos..

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So, to be fair those amazing Jack-O-Lantern Mushrooms were growing down the street from me and not in my lawn however they are so impressive I knew you would want to see them.  I am confident that these are correctly identified because I asked my uncle John Trestrail and he is a poison specialist, he said don’t eat them.  I guess eager mushroom hunters can mistake them for Chanterelle’s. There was at least one other mushroom out there that day but I could not figure out what it was, and I am certain that I may have mislabeled some here, so if you know better leave me a comment.

Back to the little stinkers…

So it felt wrong to introduce my menagerie of pets (and their poop) without including photos of them so here we go…

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Yes, all of the sweaters are knit by me, one of the perks of owning small dogs in Michigan.  Cats are not any fun to knit for however, they do like a plush knitted square to sit on year round.

Next time you get a good rain, stop to study what is growing, it may be far more then you ever imagined.




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