7 responses to “Helvella vespertina and Helvella dryophila”

  1. Clifford Ballantine

    I’ve been following these postings for a few years now and enjoy the interest, enthusiasm and erudition they more often than not display, but Cora den Hartigh’s posting is particularly delightful. I think it is because of the unabashed enthusiasm in the first two paragraphs. Certainly she then goes on to competently link the reader to the necessary information to fill out the posting, as is normally the case for BPotD, but it is the palpable love of learning about the vegetative world with whom we share this planet that just, well, tickles my fancy. Well done Cora.

  2. Peony Fan

    I have to echo Clifford (above)and say, “well done, Cora.” Very interesting write-up and wonderful photos. The one of the cross-sections is art.

  3. Sue Frisch

    My reaction, too. Thank you, Cora, for a engaging (and fun) introduction to an interesting discourse.

  4. Wendy

    I also have often pondered the propensity of humans to describe, categorize and label everything around them. But Cora is correct when she says iwe are pre-wired to do so. Think how disorienting it is while on vacation to see some glorious unfamiliar animal and not know the ‘name’ of it. Not knowing the names of birds coming to ones birdfeeder means missing out on the satisfaction in recognizing something rare and wonderful. Doubtless it is inherent in us, a necessary response to our environment and the need to distinguish between edible and poisonous, a survival technique. We who follow BPOTD must all be predisposed to sympathy with this need! Thank you Cora for making what might have been a dry technical presentation into a fascinating read on the motivations for classification, re-classification and constant vigilance.

  5. Alison Place

    What lovely cross-sections! My first reaction on seeing them was to think what an interesting necklace they would make, cast as silver links. I’ve not seen any photos like this of a fungus, and was quite surprised at the internal struts shown. Thanks for this choice of subject!

  6. Ellen

    Your descriptive writing is a bonus, well done and thank you 🙂

  7. Steve Carwile

    Nomina si nescis, perit et cognitio rerum. Linnaeus
    If you do not know the names, your knowledge of the things perishes. Translation by Eric Hulten, in Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories.

Leave a Reply to Steve Carwile Click here to cancel reply.