Tuesday, July 22, 2014

File Under: Weird/Creepy/Umm.../Fascinating/Not for the Faint of Heart. Also? Ewwww!

So B. was tidying the yard on Sunday when he came upon this. (As my mom put it, one's natural reaction is "What the [blank] is THAT?"). Ewww...

The top of it is limp and slimy...and it is smelly. 
 The "stalk" is spongy.
  And it is apparently hollow.

And yes, I know EXACTLY what it resembles! {Giggle}. What is it? It is a stinkhorn mushroom, in the order Phallaceae (um, yeah!). Let's see what Wikipedia has to say, shall we?

The Phallaceae are a family of fungi, commonly known as stinkhorn mushrooms. Belonging to the fungal order Phallales, the Phallaceae have a worldwide distribution, but are especially prevalent in tropical regions. They are known for their foul-smelling, sticky spore masses, or gleba, borne on the end of a stalk called the receptaculum. The characteristic fruiting-body structure, a single, unbranched receptaculum with an externally attached gleba on the upper part, distinguishes the Phallaceae from other families in the Phalalles. The spore mass typically smells of carrion or dung, and attracts flies and other insects to help disperse the spores. Although a great diversity of body structure shape exists between the various genera, all species in the Phallaceae begin their development as oval or round structures known as "eggs". According to a 2008 estimate, the family contains 21 genera and 77 species.

Oh, nice: "foul-smelling," "carrion," and "dung." All that AND a penis shape!

And once you have phallic mushroom visitor, apparently you'll have others, because this is the one I dug up yesterday...check out that pink weirdness at the bottom (ewwwwwww!).

 And here it is still growing...not quite as disgusting in situ.
Kinda gross, sorta weird, definitely phallic...but SO fascinating, yes? Nature--it never ceases to amaze.

You simply MUST check out Google images of other 'shrooms in this order/family: Wow! (and: ewwwww!).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Busy Buzzy Monday

Today I present to you: bees, busily buzzing and being bee-like. The end.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tallulah-Palooza Friday

KA-BOOM! My head has exploded...really, Tallulah Mae? The mushy face and little white eyelashes? Really?! It's too much cuteness...

Thursday, July 17, 2014


File under "Plants that are happy to see you" or "Is that a squash in your pocket, or...?" Puerile, I KNOW, but I can't help it! And yes, I guess I AM a 12-year-old at heart.{Giggle}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yellow and Green

When the utility company cut down a palm tree in front of our house--and good riddance to palm trees--they replaced it with a tiny tree. It's now grown quite a lot (and with really no extra watering from us) and this year has bloomed nicely.

Its botanical name is Cassia leptophylla, common name Golden Medallion tree. These photos show four stages: closed flower, full blossom, after the petals have fallen, and finally, with long green seed pods. It's a pretty tree, if a wee bit messy. Now we just need to get the other 50-foot-tall palm tree removed!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cloud Oddity

As noted yesterday, you'll see a LOT of sunsets here at Foziewisp...but this is one of the weirdest! What the heck is up with that Cheeto-esque cloud? Odd, but cool!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le poulet le jour de la Bastille

Anyone who visits this blog (all dozen of you, my sweet and loyal readers!) knows that you can count on seeing the following with great regularity: 1) Tallulah Mae; 2) bees; 3) sunsets; and 4) birds {subset: chickens}.

So here you are: a lovely chicken doing her chicken thing.

And Happy Bastille Day, mes amis!