ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fantasy of Fungi: Beauty Through the Lens of My iPhone

Updated on August 19, 2018
Sherry Chapman profile image

Knoxville, Tennessee writer, animal lover, traveler, caregiver and seeking the unconventional life in bits and pieces.

Hare's Foot Inkcap Mushrooms
Hare's Foot Inkcap Mushrooms | Source

There is definitely a fungus among us. All around us, actually. Each morning as I walk my dog, I discover the newly birthed toadstools along my path. I took these photos with my iPhone X and I am definitely not a professional photographer. But I don’t have to be. I am captivated and totally enamored at how stunningly photogenic mushrooms are.

Odds are this will be one of the more unique, maybe even strange posts of the day, so take a short break from the mundane and ugly and I will show you a world right under our feet. One that the gnomes and smurfs live in.

Baby Hare's Foot Inkcap.
Baby Hare's Foot Inkcap. | Source
I affectionately think of these as toasted marshmallows.
I affectionately think of these as toasted marshmallows. | Source

Mushrooms are very cool, difficult for the amateur to identify and often delicious and sometimes deadly. Here’s an interesting fact, the Honey Mushroom (Armillaria ostoyae) has set the record as the largest single living organism on earth! This massive organism covers 2,384 acres (nearly four square miles) of soil in Oregon’s Blue Mountains. The fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old but could be as ancient as 8,650 years.

I am sure there are gnomes living in this little village.
I am sure there are gnomes living in this little village. | Source
These 'shrooms are paying homage to the UT Vols, Go Big Orange!
These 'shrooms are paying homage to the UT Vols, Go Big Orange! | Source

According to plated.com, mushrooms make the list of the 10 most hated foods! But white chocolate made their list as well, so I am not sure who they surveyed for their stats. The only time in my life that I thought I didn’t like mushrooms was when I hadn’t tried mushrooms. I am very glad I was brave enough to try them. No looking back now.

She could be the Marilyn Monroe of toadstools.
She could be the Marilyn Monroe of toadstools. | Source
I love the contrast between the white stem and gray top.
I love the contrast between the white stem and gray top. | Source
Inkcap Convention. Topic of discussion: How to get a video game or cartoon to adopt us.
Inkcap Convention. Topic of discussion: How to get a video game or cartoon to adopt us. | Source
I love the spectacular detail of this one.
I love the spectacular detail of this one. | Source

One mushroom that I haven’t photographed, the death cap mushroom, found throughout Europe, is perhaps the deadliest of all mushrooms. Within 6 to 12 hours after consumption, violent abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea appear. Organ failure comes next, along with failure of the central nervous system, leading to coma and death in more than 50 percent of the incidents. Even more interesting, two noteworthy deaths involving the death cap include Roman Emperor Claudius in 54 CE and in 1534, Pope Clement VII.

Papa Smurf's Abode
Papa Smurf's Abode | Source
Source
Source
Looks very similar to a very toxic mushroom, the Destroying Angel.
Looks very similar to a very toxic mushroom, the Destroying Angel. | Source
These make me think of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
These make me think of Casper the Friendly Ghost. | Source
Check out the morning dew on this one!
Check out the morning dew on this one! | Source

The 1980’s got really obsessed with mushrooms. In 1981, blue Smurfs had my little sister glued to the television on Saturday mornings. Each Smurf lived in a hollowed out mushroom — pretty cute, huh? Nintendo had a thing for them also, in 1985 the coveted mushrooms in Super Mario (that made little Mario into big Mario) hit the scene. And speaking of ‘80’s, my mom had mushroom canisters in the kitchen. It was a short-lived trend for kitchen decor. I miss those canisters. I bet someone has a set on eBay.

Looks like a Chanterelle mushroom. Quite common in North American woodlands.
Looks like a Chanterelle mushroom. Quite common in North American woodlands. | Source
Some mushrooms have pores underneath. These have gills.
Some mushrooms have pores underneath. These have gills. | Source
Source
Chanterelle mushrooms. Edible, but I'm not confident enough to try them.
Chanterelle mushrooms. Edible, but I'm not confident enough to try them. | Source
Source
There's a color of mushroom to match any woodland decor.
There's a color of mushroom to match any woodland decor. | Source

Every Christmas season for years, my family would request that I make stuffed mushrooms. Which basically consisted of sausage, Ritz crackers, Velveeta cheese and the star of the show, button mushrooms. Not the healthiest hors-d’oeuvre at the table but the one that always disappeared first.

Source
Skeletons of the forest.
Skeletons of the forest. | Source
These were trying to play hide and seek behind a fallen tree.
These were trying to play hide and seek behind a fallen tree. | Source
If you get down low and turn your phone upside down you can get awesome shots like this.
If you get down low and turn your phone upside down you can get awesome shots like this. | Source
Same thing here, get that camera lens down as low as you can get it.
Same thing here, get that camera lens down as low as you can get it. | Source
Source
Standing tall
Standing tall | Source
Full moon
Full moon | Source
Tiny Dancer
Tiny Dancer | Source

Fungi aren’t always beneath our feet. Clinging to tree trunks, they can be hundreds of feet in the air. These types are classified as bracket fungi or shelf fungi. They could possibly be staircases for gnomes.

Source
Source
Source
The fungi kingdom is more closely related to the animal kingdom than the plant kingdom.
The fungi kingdom is more closely related to the animal kingdom than the plant kingdom. | Source

What I hope you gain from this article is a whole new appreciation for wild mushrooms growing in nature. You may think after this post that I must be crazy or obsessed over mushrooms. But I really only began to notice their beauty and mystique when I started looking at them through the lens of my iPhone. Not very natural I know, but now I can’t help but look for them whenever I am out walking, not able to resist taking yet another photo of them. I truly hope you see the beauty as well.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Sherry Chapman profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherry Chapman 

      2 months ago from Knoxville, Tennessee

      They are very exciting! I am glad you enjoyed the article.

    • Deepa damodaran profile image

      Deepa 

      2 months ago from India

      Beautiful. I am also a fungi lover. We have plenty in our place in India.

    • Emmy ali profile image

      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      3 months ago from Egypt

      Informative article.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This is a great hub and showcases the phone's camera well with these quality photos.

    • Paul Dickens profile image

      Paul Joseph 

      3 months ago from India

      I was also not much concerned about the amount of words in my articles. But I realized that word count matters a lot when it comes to issues like traffic. Now see my articles gain more visibility

    • Sherry Chapman profile imageAUTHOR

      Sherry Chapman 

      3 months ago from Knoxville, Tennessee

      Thank you Paul. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. You are right about the captions. Going to add more now.

    • Paul Dickens profile image

      Paul Joseph 

      3 months ago from India

      Nice. But you could have given a bit more details on each image to make it "delicious". I liked it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)