Montana Outdoors

February 13, 2010


Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:32 pm

At first look, this mushroom seems to be growing among lichen-covered rocks.


It is actually growing right out of the trunk of a 12-inch diameter downed black cottonwood.


By the looks of the small divots out of the top surface of the mushroom (and the tops of others growing from the same tree) they are also being used as food sources by small critters or birds. Eventually all will be recycled.


  1. I don’t know if it’s the same type but I found one near here that was being diligently chewed by a squirrel. When I went to investigate it was quite tough and leathery for a mushroom and the squirrel kept going back to it over and over.
    They say that mushrooms are actually the greatest recyclers in the world.


    Comment by dave1949 — February 13, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    • I know that squirrels eat them. Many years ago we had a tiny pump house over our water well casing and I had to keep it above freezing in there. My formidable opponent in that task was the most determined squirrel I’ve even seen. He liked the warmth, but when he chewed his way in he left quite a hole that also let in cold air. I had to do quite a bit of reconstruction to keep him out and in doing that I found about ten pounds of mushroom that he had tucked away in there for the winter.

      I’m interested in seeing mushrooms but very wary about identifying them properly for consumption. I’m OK with morels and giant puffballs: other than that I leave them for the other hungry critters out there.


      Comment by montucky — February 13, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

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  3. Life is good. Something for everyone out there…


    Comment by Cedar — February 14, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    • There is. Yesterday I noticed so many berries still on the bushes down by the river, dried now but still edible. Even a few Oregon Grapes.


      Comment by montucky — February 14, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  4. In nature there is no waste. It is a completely closed system. Too bad our whole society is an open one.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — February 14, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    • It seems to me that it’s an excellent system. Now if we would stop playing with it.


      Comment by montucky — February 15, 2010 @ 9:47 am

  5. They grow in the strangest places. We have them in our yard around the stump of a pecan tree we had to have removed. I’m always half tempted to try to cook them and see if I survive 🙂


    Comment by Candace — February 14, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    • Some are quite attractive, aren’t they! I’ve never had a big inclination to try to ID the good vs bad ones myself, other than a couple easy ones. Seems to me the risk/reward scale is tipped too much on the risk side.


      Comment by montucky — February 15, 2010 @ 9:50 am

  6. Nature is a master at recycling. Using only elements that once done living can be renewed through decay and living things like mushrooms, fungus, plants and animals.

    Very nice photos of something many people walk right past.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 15, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    • It’s a fascinating study and often poses interesting questions about how it all works. In an area where there has been a fire that has burned well up the bark of trees, one sees small white mushrooms growing there, dotting the trunks with white spots. On a hike yesterday while I passed through an area like that at the base of one tree there were dozens of small white mushrooms laying on the ground that looked as though they had just popped off the trunk. I have no idea what might have caused that.


      Comment by montucky — February 15, 2010 @ 9:56 am

  7. To this day my dad has his “secrets” about where the morels grow most abundantly. His theory works too because he will find 5 gallon of morels to the best hunters ball cap full !!


    Comment by kcjewel — February 15, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    • He could probably make a lot of money by giving lessons! A couple of years ago there were some huge fires not far from here, and the following spring the morels were abundant. So were the commercial pickers, most of them from the west coast all of the way from Mexico to Washington.


      Comment by montucky — February 15, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  8. Very interesting. I liked Your way to slowly “releave secret” of this mushroom and recycling. Great idea.


    Comment by sartenada — February 15, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    • Thank you, sartenada. I have much admiration for the way nature works.


      Comment by montucky — February 16, 2010 @ 12:11 am

  9. If I had not read first, I would have thought that was rock the mushroom was growing out of.

    Love the colorful lichen, too.


    Comment by Sandy — February 16, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    • It really does look like it’s growing among rocks. When I saw the first photo in the viewing screen I thought that and took the second to clarify and provide perspective. The mushroom seems a little unusual too.


      Comment by montucky — February 16, 2010 @ 9:57 am

  10. Very nice capture of the mushroom with the colorful lichen. I look forward to mushroom sightings in the early spring and I do like to photograph them.


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 16, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    • Thanks Anna. Lots of shapes and colors with mushrooms. I just have never had enough discipline to really study them.


      Comment by montucky — February 16, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

  11. Great photo! I like the colors. The only mushrooms that I can trust are the Morels, yet they are so distinctive.


    Comment by Iona — February 20, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    • I guess some folks have a natural affinity for recognizing mushrooms. Since I don’t, it’s just best to be safe.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

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