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:


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:


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. Paul July 9, 2009 / 1:44 am

    Fantastical funghi! Big Splatt mushroom hahahaha. Off to check out your review…

  2. thommalyn July 9, 2009 / 1:54 am

    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.

  3. Leah J. Utas July 9, 2009 / 7:09 am

    That’s some fabulous fungi you’ve got growing there. I love the UFO.

  4. Julia Smith July 9, 2009 / 7:33 am


    Your mushroom shots have been incredible this summer. The splat ones are great!

  5. bunnygirl July 9, 2009 / 8:34 am

    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.

  6. thommalyn July 9, 2009 / 10:35 am

    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.

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried July 10, 2009 / 4:41 pm

    Yeah. Eaten any of those shrooms yet?

    (damn, who let Trevor in here?)

  8. Dorothy July 10, 2009 / 4:51 pm

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

    Yeah, more fungus among us. :}


  9. thommalyn July 11, 2009 / 7:51 pm

    hehe, Trevor — no shrooms! 🙂

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

  10. Crafty Green Poet July 13, 2009 / 8:30 am

    I love the names you give to the fungi you find! it’s a great summer for them here too!

  11. thommalyn July 13, 2009 / 12:55 pm

    Thanks, Crafty Green Poet! I hereby dub 2009 the Summer of Fungi. 🙂

  12. thommalyn July 13, 2009 / 3:51 pm

    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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