90% Mushrooms

Yes, 90% of the photos in this post are of mushrooms.


This is a parasol mushroom and if you don’t already know how it got its name, that will become apparent a little bit later.  This one appears to be a couple of days old.  I’ve lived at my current location four years now and every year these mushrooms pop up in the front yard.  The funny thing is they are now coming up on the opposite side of the yard compared to the first two years.



I looked this up in my Fungi of Missouri book and parasols found in a symmetrical relationship like this are called Gemini pairings.


According to the same book these are called staircase parasols.  Also I’m now guessing you can see why they are called parasol mushrooms.


And these, well they’re just called a herd of mushrooms, or is it a gaggle of mushrooms.


Nope, I didn’t see the bug as I was taking this picture otherwise the number of photos would be even less than 90% mushroom.


This one has its parasol open the most but they become even more open to the point of flattening out completely.


I have no idea of what type of mushroom this is.  It was just a few feet away from one of the gaggles of parasols.  I took a bite but I didn’t get any smaller or fall into a rabbit hole which was kind of (but not entirely) disappointing.



This the the 10% of the photos that is not a mushroom.  This is a gum ball from a sweetgum tree.  Whoever tha landscape “artists” are who think this make and ideal tree for suburban yards needs to be … .


Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

8 thoughts on “90% Mushrooms

  1. Nice shots, David! I really like the Gemini pairing photo, they look in love. 🙂 I don’t know why but as kids, we called the gum balls “monkey balls” (I still do). I do know we hated stepping on one when running around barefoot. 😩


    • Thanks Donna. I always like to hear about different names for things (gum balls/monkey balls) in different parts of the country. When we moved to St. Louis many years ago from a small town in southeast Illinois it took me forever to get used to calling a soft drink a soda instead of pop. To me a soda was an ice cream soda which, by the way, I don’t know the last time I heard someone order and ice cream soda. 🙂

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    • Thank you John. They are pretty easy to photograph but for best shots you do need to get down on your stomach. But still it’s enjoyable because Like Pete Hillman said in the first comment above they are “fun-guys”.


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