Tuesday, June 16, 2009

compost brings surprises

In one of our cow lots there is a small pile of composted cow manure and hay. While I was walking through the lot I noticed something growing from the top of this pile. Upon closer inspection, it was several "somethings". Fungus to be exact. Three different kinds of mushrooms, or toadstools. The top picture was about 2 inches tall and all white. The cap was bumpy, reminded me of a golf ball.
This image was a cluster of ink caps of some sort. Various sizes from barely 1/2 inch to 2 inches tall.
This last group is my favorite find of the day. These were a lovely shade of burnt orange. The smallest one was barely 1/4 of an inch, and the tallest was about 1 inch or so. Just goes to show you never know what a pile of poo will produce.

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