Hard to sum up this trip. I've not written about my dad's health, because I'm not sure how he would feel about this. So, for now, I'll continue to write about the flora and fauna -- and fungi.
Martha and I were out with our uncle and aunt, on a rather serious errand, and as I walked past someone's garden, I noticed a very strange bright red cage-like mushroom. We didn't have time to linger, but I shot off a couple of photos of the STINKHORN MUSHROOM. My relatives must have thought I was insane.
These mushrooms are supposed to smell like rotting flesh, but I did not stop to take a sniff.
Remember these tiny mushrooms?
They are called Bird's Nest Mushrooms, and yesterday we got to see why. The cylindrical mushrooms are less than a quarter of an inch across, so you can imagine how tiny the "eggs" are. They "eggs" are actually minute puffballs that burst and broadcast the mushroom's reproductive spores. Not at all like the giant puffball mushrooms we loved to stomp on when we were kids!