Fabulous Fungi — and Mountain Laurel, Too

Fabulous Fungi — and Mountain Laurel, Too

This is definitely the Summer of Fungi. On every hike, I find a new specimen. I don’t know the correct names for them, so I make up names. Here, for instance, is the UFO Mushroom:

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And here’s the Golf Ball Mushroom. Doesn’t it look like a golf ball on a tee? I bet you thought you had to go to a golf course to tee off. Nope.  You can do it on the mountain! ;)

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Check this out: Golf Ball Mushrooms growing out of a hillside.

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And now I’d like to introduce you to the Big Splat Mushroom.

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Viewed from the side, though, it looks less like a big splat than like an umbrella.

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And oh, the mountain laurel is gorgeous this time of year. More and more of it is blooming, and much of it is in full blossom.

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Laurel is one of my favorite trees on the mountain. Or is it a shrub? It has characteristics of both, so perhaps I should call it a shree. Or a tub.

Whichever or whatever, it’s one of the hardiest species of vegetation on the mountain. It’s evergreen. Its leaves are thick and tough, and its wood is nearly hard as granite. Laurel is a survivor. Yet every summer, it produces lovely, delicate blossoms that look like wedding bouquets.

Here’s a close-up:

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Mirror Blue news:

My book trailer is now on Blazing Trailers.

And thanks to Julia at A Piece of My Mind for the wonderful review she did of Mirror Blue for this week’s Thursday Thirteen!

13 Responses »

  1. hehehe, I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of mushrooms over the last few weeks. I think I’ve developed a Fungus Fetish! ;) And thank you for your kind words about the review, Paul — means a lot to me.

  2. I love that UFO mushroom, but they’re all great.

    It’s nice to see you getting some more reviews. It feels like your book has been out longer, so it’s hard to remember sometimes that it’s really still a new release.

  3. Thanks, Leah! I’m loving all this funky fungi. :)

    hehe, thanks Julia! That splat one is a hoot, isn’t it?

    Hi, Bunnygirl! Better enjoy that UFO mushroom while it’s still here — it might take off for its home planet! ;) Yes, I’m tickled about Julia’s review, and there are more coming up for which I’m crossing my fingers and toes.

  4. I thought Julia’s Thirteen review was the best. I enjoyed reading it.

    Yeah, more fungus among us. :}

    Hugsabunches,KS

  5. hehe, Trevor — no shrooms! :)

    Thanks, (((((((((KS))))))))))) — I loved Julia’s review, too. And so many fungus among us, even lap fungi (Ballicai).

  6. Hi, Jannie! Wow, your mountain laurel is beautiful. It looks very similar to ours, except the branches and leaves appear smaller. And of course the purple color is different. Just gorgeous! :)

    xxxx ooooo

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