19 responses to “Omphalotus olearius”

  1. Max

    Wow, looks psychedelic. Great the daily posts are back again 🙂

  2. Meg Bernstein

    How fascinating. I wish I could see them after dark. Amazing.

  3. Sue in Bremerton WA

    This little feller is being sent on to all of my e-mail friends and relatives. I know that some of them already have subscribed, so they get two this time.
    Thanks to you and all the people who work with you. How lucky you all are.
    And we get the benefits!
    How lucky we all are. Smiles smugly.

  4. James K

    Can someone give a reference to an image of O. olearius showing its bioluminescence?

  5. Mary Miller

    Nature IS better than Photo Shop ! Love thse emails.

  6. annie morgan

    Is anyone old enough to remember Eugene Fields, a man who wrote poetry for children back at the turn of the last century? He had one called “The Dicky Bird”, and it sang in the Omphalala Tree. Today’s li’l mushroom brought this immediately to mind.
    I clicked on the link and it was fun to see what they look like at night, too.
    This is such an interesting site to see every day!

  7. Jacqueline

    Thanks, again, guys. You did a wonderful job in ’08, and I’m looking forward to more of the same in ’09. I look forward to kickstarting my days with a visit to the Botany site – it’s my coffee substitute.
    Have a wonderful year!

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  9. Carol Ross

    The reference to the fact that all living things produce waste and must have ways of getting rid of it set my mind to spinning. All animals are a no brainer in that respect, from mammals down to one celled critters. But my brain stalled at higher plants. My guess is that the O2 they give off is one waste, but perhaps other waste is generated also and perhaps exuded from roots or leaves. I admit my ignorance on this topic. Ah well, time to research. This site is my morning pick-me-up. It always wakes up my brain. Thanks, Daniel

  10. Hollis

    “In a ‘Lassie’ episode, Timmy and Boomer scared the girls into not kissing them at a Halloween party by smearing jack-o-lanterns mushrooms on their faces to emit an eerie glow.”
    This is from The Toadstool Review of the Minnesota Mycological Society, in an entertaining article by Joy Hassan — Fungus Light Among Us. She also describes her own first terrifying encounter following a fire-and-brimstone lecture at a Baptist college.

  11. Tammy

    Jack o lanterns don’t normally have blue on them- was the photo messed with? Looks like where it’s blue should be blackish brown to me. They are pretty none the less. But you won’t find mushrooms that look just like this shot outside.

  12. C.Wick

    Any questions on this set of mushrooms I’ll try to answear….
    The colors were due to the dryness and the way the sunlight was reflecting from them…
    The glow is SPECTACULAR to see…not always vibrant but noticable in the deep night….
    A friend of mine ate some thinking they were chanterelles…….he was sick and cramping for over a week….
    They have a wonderful almost orangy citrus smell? to me anyway…..
    Criters aren’t very fond of eating them either…this particular grouping stayed around it’s stump for weeks…
    Thanx Daniel for posting another of my favorite ‘critters’ as the BPOD!

  13. A

    Wow. I definitely want to pursue biology. I love animals, plants and all of the amazing things I am learning this year! Mushrooms are especially interesting, from the “common” mushroom to the chantrelles and all of the other kinds! Definitely a strange and beautiful mushroom. Does anyone know if these grow in the Midwest USA? Interesting that they are active against cancers, maybe there would be a way to tone own it’s toxic-ness (if that’s a word) and to use it in hospitals. Definitely a lot to learn about this world we live in!

  14. C.Wick

    Hello ‘A’……..these were found in NE Kansas…so definately ‘Mid-West’…durring late summer these are pretty prolific around oak trees in my area.

  15. Lucia

    Uau, great colours, beautiful blue!

  16. Cyndy Henderson

    Incredible!! Makes me wish for the abstract images you presented a year ago. Any chance?

  17. Daniel Mosquin

    Hrrmm.. most of my abstracts in the past year had to do with rock forms. I’ll add a few now and then, though.

  18. elizabeth a airhart

    as i am a breast cancer survivor so far
    i have real interest in this plant
    and the work being done with it
    this is a fine picture i would think
    the painters who read this page are
    sitting and painting away
    thank you to one and all

  19. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    Fabulous! — the colours, the glossy texture, the wavy edges of the mushroom caps….

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