Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mushrooms - an appreciation


Amanitas, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Mushrooms, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Mushrooms, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Amanita, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

We have a lot of mushrooms visible just now, so I think it is a good time to remember how vital mushrooms - and mycelium - are for living things. Mushrooms have a key role in the decomposition of plant material, keeping the ecosystem up and running.

2 comments:

Markus Spring said...

Juha, I never saw so beautiful specimen of Amanita here in Germany. By the way, the German name is "Fliegenpilz", which would be translated a "fly mushroom", too.

Juha Haataja said...

Don't remember exactly, but there is a story behind the name... Was it so that these mushrooms were used to trap flies in the old days?