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Free Images of Mushrooms

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The Short  Life of a Mushroom

The following series of images were taken over three days.  The little button-like mushrooms appeared the morning of day one as little  globes on the side of a tree stump.  Over the course of the day, little white stems appeared and I was certain I could actually see them growing!  By day two, the hot June weather saw the mushroom caps widen, flare out and finally split.  Day three brought rain and saw the specimens wither.    

I suspect these to be "Mica Cap".

 

New button mushrooms emerge on tree stump.

Day - 1  (Mushroom-11)
The day before, no mushrooms were visible beside the tree stump.

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Day - 1  (Mushroom-12)

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Day - 1   (Mushroom-13)

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mushroom caps open fungi tree stump nature

Day - 2   (Mushroom-14)
The caps grew wide in the June heat.  By the end of the day, they had split open.

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Day - 2   (Mushroom-15)

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Day - 3   (Mushroom-16)
By day three, the mushrooms had shriveled and the rain crushed their stems.

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dead mushroom stalks caps tree stump fungus fungi nature plant

Day - 3   (Mushroom-17)

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Did you know....  

that although the mushrooms seemed to grow overnight, they didn't really? The mushrooms were there  before, but are noticeable only when they go through their final growth stage and begin shedding spores. 

Photographed in Northern Ontario mid June.

 

 

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"The world depends 
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