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At the arboretum, there were quite a few of these mushrooms along the trails, pushing up through the dirt and leafy pine straw debris. None looking very pretty, all very dirty but found this one that was uncovered enough to at least try to get a few shots of.

To my surprise and great relief, the photo in the mushroom ID field guide looks almost identical to Shorty here. Officially this is a Short-stalked White Russula. The season is July to October. The guide also says this has a disagreeable taste unless it is parasitized by the Lobster Mushroom and then it becomes a choice edible. Really?

Of course there are look-alikes, so if you ask me - nibbling on Shorty is not recommended.

*** Please note: I am no mushroom expert, so this could very well be something completely different. Consider this as your PSA.

Tags:   DSCF7519 (5) Short-stalked White Russula mushroom fungi arboretum summer sweetgum balls, too

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If turtles could smile then I'd say this Red Eared Slider is most definitely smiling.

Perhaps he's happy because the log he's chosen to sun on is not crowded this morning. Or because most of the mud on that shell is almost washed off? Or - because all that sun is finally doing the trick and warming him up nicely?

Tags:   DSCF7554 (3) Red-eared Slider pond slider turtle lake sunning arboretum summer

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It's Movie Night again, and yes, Stormtrooper Bruce has plenty of great movies, food and cold ones for them all to enjoy, but tonight he also has something a little different planned for the guys.

TK-432: Well this is definitely a headscratcher. What in the Great Galaxy is this?

TK-1110: Well, what ever it is, I'm on board! It's either going to be fun, naughty, or completely prohibited. And regardless of what you call it it's going to be memorable!

STB: Tonight, guys, we're going to do a little Tropping. That's Trooper Shopping, and I just made it up! Before we get settled in, we'll grab a brewsky and a dog - and then the fun begins!

TK-432: So this IS going to be fun. For a second there it was looking like, well, something else.

STB: Our first stop is the garbage compactor to drop off last week's empties, trash and unwanted junk. THEN, we're going to look to see if we can find any promising treasures, if you know what I mean.

TK-1110: So far, I'm liking it. What next?

STB: Next, providing we still have room in our tropping carts, we're hitting the P's hydroponics bay for some fresh veggies. Something to top some homemade pizzas for next week perhaps.

TK-432: You mean there's a new batch of mushrooms! Yum! But wait, wasn't that last batch a little on the psychedelic side? On second thought. Double yum! But how do we sneak in there?

STB: Not to worry. I volunteered to help the P with some remodeling of his Botanical Gardens, so I now have free access until the project is over.

TK-1110: Dude!

STB: I know, right!

TK-432: And are we making any additional stops while we're out?

STB: The depends on how late it is, how tired and hungry we are, and if there's still room in the carts.

TK-432: Now I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how you come up with this stuff? I think this little Tropping adventure is going to be a great way to get our movie night started!

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Well, actually it's a little Eastern Amberwing dragonfly. They are very small and like most dragonflies, lightening fast.

There were lots of them zipping about and luckily this tiny branch seemed to be a favorite landing spot. Still not the most accessible spot being way down at the water's edge, but I watched and waited - hoping one would land long enough for me to grab a shot or two.

Seen during a recent visit to a nearby arboretum. *** And yes, it's still facing the wrong way and too far away, but beggars can't be choosers.

Tags:   DSCF7550 (4) dragonfly Eastern Amberwing skimmer lakeside arboretum summer

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I'm not joking. In checking our field guide to mushrooms, this one, found on a trail at the arboretum we recently visited, looks like a Chicken Mushroom. The description, region and time of year fits, too.

Shockingly Chicken Mushrooms are considered a choice edible. And yes, it tastes like chicken. BUT, the field guide warns, it becomes less digestible as it ages. Clearly, this one has been around for quite some time, and now falls into the "bugly" category - big and ugly. So NO nibbling!

*** And regardless to what my field guide says, no way am I ever sampling anything found outdoors which it claims is edible, Only mushrooms I'm ever eating are those bought at the grocery store, found on a pizza, or served at a restaurant.

Tags:   mushroom fungi Chicken Mushroom edible also known as Sulfur Shelf arboretum summer DSCF7527 (3)


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