Monday, September 26, 2011

PuffBall Mushroom break out around home. (Summer 2011 lawn Mushroom pictures. Post-1)

Now summer is getting milder,  we have cooler temperatures since last two weeks and  since last 3-4 days we are enjoying beautiful rainy weather. Good rainy summer always brings out break of lawn/ yard mushrooms and this year it seems weather is more  cozy for mushroom growth in  Cary,NC. Yesterday  early morning I spotted beautiful Puffball/ Earthball / Pigskin poison puffball mushroom and amazingly  it was very different with beautiful  Giraffe and Snake skin like design. Its light brown color glow against green weed background looked very attractive. Scientific name for puffball mushroom is  Scleroderma Citrinum. It takes just few hours to pop up  those mushrooms from ground. I took less than one hour stroll around home to enjoy and click all  those  mushroom pictures.  Late summer and fall  is the season of puffball mushrooms in America. Since last one month several google queries reached blog searching for puffball mushroom and interestingly many queries came from Ohio region. Here is my last years post on Backyard mushrooms. (Link). I will be making one more post to share other types of summer mushrooms. Enjoy the photos.

Pigskin poison puffball  seen on - 22nd sept...morning. (1)
same above one from another angle...(1)


Rainy  weather .... Sunset clicked on 23rd September.

This one was the biggest (5" in diameter) puffball . (5)
Above mushroom started  decaying in just  two days. (clicked on 26th sept)


May be some Bird tried to taste this puffball mushroom.(8)

Following three pictures were  taken on 13th Sept. 
These puffballs were a bit unhealthy/ dry due to dry weather. (9)
You can see cracked mushroom skin. These are seasons first spotted puffball mushrooms.

After ten days puffball mushroom breaks and spreads brown color dust/fine power around.
Above mushroom (9) turned into powder after 10 days.

(11) Following mushrooms clicked today morning around 8 am.- 26th Sept.
Just rose up from ground few hours back.(13)
A unique puffball  with wrinkled skin. (14)

 Thank you for watching....


Amrit said...

So many good pictures :)))

sm said...

just saw the evolution of mushroom
like the pics

Usha said...

A, Thanks..this year has been best for mushroom bloom in Cary..I got many more mushroom pictures, you will get to see them in another post.

Usha said...

sm, Thankyou, It was nice experience observing gradual development of various mushrooms.

John from Macro Photography For All said...

Nice mushroom photos here! Most of my mushroom hunting is for photographs, not dinner, but we do find giant puffballs around here. After a September rain we search for what look like abandoned volleyballs in the woods. We fry them up with olive oil: pretty good taste, good texture!