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Posted by WiseAcre on Dec 13th, 2013

Oh, my aching back

Dec 13

I’m in pretty good shape compared to the many Ford Rangers I’ve beat up over the years.
Hauling big stone takes it’s toll.

Not everybody finds dealing with boulders back breaking.
My buddy Stewy couldn’t wait for me to finish the birdbath.
I mean cat feeder.

After laying so much stone I’m laid out.

At least I managed to bring some home.

I never considered it work. Building with stone is a back breaking good time.

Sometimes I think about a place to sit.

A ripple in time is etched upon stone.
Or should I say, time etched ripples in this stone?

Unfinished business never bothered me.
I enjoy sitting and wondering what I’ll do next.



A special Hello and Thanks to those who returned after such a long absence on my part. You know who you are, sharkbytes, rainfield and Beck. Leo, where have you been?, long time no see

Posted by WiseAcre on Dec 12th, 2013

Ravenel’s Stinkhorn

Dec 12

Found on Sept 9, 2013.
Their season spans from August to October.
The range spreads from Quebec to Florida and as far west as Ohio and Iowa.

These mushrooms were growing out of woody mulch. The Audubon field guide says these are commonly found in urban areas. I guess the village of Canton, NY is urban enough because I found them on the St. Lawrence University campus. This is the only time I’ve seen them.

Phallus ravenelii

As if their appearance wasn’t enough, the name adds to the suggestive nature of this stinkhorn.
If you don’t get it, ask a teenage boy after showing him these photos.

The cap is covered with a grey/olive-colored slimy spore mass. They are supposed to smell bad but I detected no odor from any in the cluster I found.

Posted by WiseAcre on Aug 16th, 2012

Pigskin Puffball

Aug 16

Scleroderma citrinum

This is a false puffball. The leathery skin is one clue. The black flesh on the inside is another.

mature pigskin puffball – Scleroderma citrinum
pigskin puffball

Poking a pigskin puffball is dangerous. The spores can bring tears to your eyes, make your nose run, cause post nasal drip and give you pink eye. They are poisonous and anyone eating one is likely to experience a good bout of gastrointestinal distress.

Do NOT do this at home
pigskin puffball spore cloud

When you do foolish things be prepared to deal with unexpected consequences. I felt compelled to point out the identity of this mushroom after learning its true nature.

this is what happens when you poke a pigskin puffball

Actually I just needed a break. I’m selecting and organizing 5 years worth of photos in preparation of updating the northern NY wildflower section of my web site. I’m still working on ’08 pics and probably have another 7,000 photos to go before I catch up to the present time. One nice thing is I’m now able to identify many of the mushrooms that once mystified me. The pigskin puffball is one of them.

These photos have all been previously posted.
puffball spore cloud
that’s strange

The joke was lost to all but my most dedicated followers. In other words, no one got it.

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