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:
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!
Check this out: Golf Ball Mushrooms growing out of a hillside.
And now I’d like to introduce you to the Big Splat Mushroom.
Viewed from the side, though, it looks less like a big splat than like an umbrella.
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.
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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