Even though this is not normally what I post about I thought I would share this photo of what is on my front lawn with you. Every year, about this time, one part of our front lawn erupts with huge and unattractive mushrooms.
I love mushrooms and photograph them at every opportunity but even a fungus lover like me can’t really say anything nice about the way these guys look. They aren’t pretty or delicate, nor do they have nice colors. The thing I do love about them though is their size. In this photo I have left a normal sized garden hose in the background for a bit of perspective. The things are huge!
The markings on it are bite marks from all the things that feed on these monsters. They are being chewed from the moment they emerge, by the time they get this big the original tiny nibbles have spread out and turned into huge bites. The lighter colored marks in this photo are the bits that were bitten most recently.
The worst part of hosting them is that when their life is over they don’t shrivel and disappear like most mushrooms, these fungusy footstools become a puddle of slime in the grass. Ick. Not only that, often they are filled with the wiggling babies of the things that had a bite and left an egg behind. Double ick.
I sometimes think that we should just get rid of them as soon as they show their faces above ground but I can’t bring myself to do it. They might be gross but clearly there are critters that rely on them being there. Of course if they smelled like they looked they would have to go!