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The Beauty of the Mushroom

Updated on February 23, 2014
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

The Beauty of Mushrooms

Walking outside today, I noticed something in the air. It was the smell of a changing season. Musky, moldy, wet, earthy. The air was sticky sweet with humidity. The mosquitoes whined and lit on my arms. It was cloudy and damp, with the feel of dusk, yet it was only afternoon. The constant rain had saturated the earth till it was spongy. Yet, I noticed something else: the simple beauty of nature around me.

What do you see in these mushrooms?

I saw a dogwood bloom in this specimen.
I saw a dogwood bloom in this specimen.
This beauty reminded me of a lollypop.
This beauty reminded me of a lollypop.

Mushrooms Spring Up Overnight

What I noticed was the mushrooms. Lots of them. The chemical reaction of rain, dampness, earth and mold had played it's roll well. As I examined the variety of mushrooms in my yard and surrounding pasture, I wondered how in the world they could grow so fast. Almost overnight, it seemed, they popped their heads up and displayed themselves in diverse ways. Round and flat, white and yellow, the variety was endless. I could see a story in each one, a pattern of intricate tissue surrounding a sturdy stem. How lovely!

Mushrooms Are a Fungus

Then I wondered how mushrooms were created. I found out that they're actually a fungus derived from mold and mildew. Fascinating! They seem to take every shape, form and fashion imaginable.

Ranging from large, bold and vibrant to flat, brown and ugly, these little wonders resemble everything from a lollypop to a pancake, depending on your imagination. Some look like leather, while others have a velvet texture. There's a surprise in every one.

I thought this looked like a button.
I thought this looked like a button.
The yellow mushroom (toadstool?)in the tire.
The yellow mushroom (toadstool?)in the tire.

Mushrooms Come in Many Shapes

Though the specimens at right aren't very exciting, I could still imagine seeing different objects within them. What determines where a mushroom grows? How do they conform to different shapes? Why is the mushroom in the tire yellow and the blunt, fat spore a dull brown?

Have you ever become aware of the beauty in something you've never noticed before? Maybe something you take for granted at your door step? What about those un-noticed things?

I couldn't help but share the photographs I took. It seems like such a simple thing, these mushrooms. But for some reason, I couldn't leave it alone.

Remember those old "puffball" mushrooms/spores we used to stomp on when we were kids? They made a cloud of dust. We used to fight over who would get to step on the "ball" first. How long has it been since you stomped a mushroom ball?

Beauty Comes in Unusual Packages

The next time you're in the park, countryside or woods, take a look at the little things around you. A sprig of grass, a leaf or the bark on a tree. Imagine the miracle that takes place for flora to evolve into something unusual. The simple beauty of the littlest things can grab you unexpectedly.

Sometimes, surprises come in the most unusual packages.

The same cluster of mushrooms from photograph at top of page AFTER 4 days.

After.....
After.....

I call this specimen the UFO: Unidentified Flat Object

This monster was huge...about 7 inches across!
This monster was huge...about 7 inches across!

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      hgdvfffffffffffffff 7 years ago

      it was stupid not. just kidding i loved it gotcha

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      donotfear 7 years ago from The Boondocks

      Thanks!

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      Robert Ballard 7 years ago

      Great hub, we have mushrooms too but not as pretty as yours.

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      Lee Thacker 7 years ago

      I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,

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      create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I must admit that I was not attracted to this hub by the title you chose, but I am glad I read every word and admired the beautiful photographs you took. Isn't this like life itself. The things and people we overlook, because they seem unimportant, are in fact the ones that add more meaning to our own lives.

      You have become one of my favorite writers, even though I just discovered you on hubpages today. I am truly thrilled with the skills you exhibit in your hubs. I have also become your fan because I choose to learn more from you, especially since we have similar goals in life.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Mushrooms are amazing! The more I learn the more I am fascinated. Many have amazing health benefits. When I lived in S. Korea many kinds were part of the diet - all excellent.

      Love the photo of that fly agaric - perhaps it is so beautiful so we can't miss seeing it - and avoiding it. What a picture!

      Nice hub! (Oh and fire ants - I stepped on some late one night when I was visiting in NC - I was innocently walking through the grass wearing these incredibly beautiful red sandals and...it was like the world ended - OW and Yikes!)

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Dear donotfear,

      Great Hub. I have always loved looking at mushrooms, because I personally find them to be incredibly beautiful, like nature's sculptures.

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      donotfear 8 years ago from The Boondocks

      Thank you for the comments. I'm trying to find the beauty in fire ants, but so far haven't been able to come up with anything.

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      awsydney 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Beautiful...ironic that the beautiful ones are poisonous!

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      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, I really loved this hub. It's really good to pay attention to even the little things in life. We pass these simple things everyday and don't give them a second glance. We should stop and look at what's around us. We'd be amazed at what we find in nature.