Saturday, March 12, 2011

Something for the weekend

As you can see these steps are covered in detritus from the pines.


This morning I carefully managed to clear them...

and found these strange objects. They are hollow, with a delicate papery skin and give off a powdery puff if you damage the surface. They look like a cluster of little bells - an inch to two inches in size. I have never seen anything quite like them before but I'll bet someone knows what they are.
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14 comments:

kenju said...

Fungus!!

If they were not hollow, I would say a mushroom of some sort. Of course, they may be mushrooms, with a lot of spores inside, just waiting for someone to step on them and release the spores.

I have never seen anything like them either! Weird.

Sausage Fingers said...

Pat, I was thinking mushroom of some type, I am curious to find out. Please let me know when you get the answer.
Cheers, Sausage...

Kevin Musgrove said...

Earthballs or similar - they're like the big puffballs we used to kick around in fields. They'll have been feeding on the pine needles; I get small brown ones under the conifers at the bottom of the garden.

Pat said...

Judy: they are certainly hollow. I hope they are not damaging to the trees.

Sausage: I will let you know when I'm sure.

Kevin: 'They'll have been feeding on the pine needles;'
This makes them sound alive which troubles me. Are they harmful? I'm not thinking of putting them in an omelette.

john.g. said...

A form of puff-ball, but dont eat these!

Pat said...

John.G: awwww! Spoil sport!

Kim Ayres said...

Can't help with the mushrooms I'm afraid, however, when it comes to photography...

A guy I knew who would go on expeditions around the world would place a pen or pencil next to any flora he photogaphed so people could instantly get a sense of scale.

Pat said...

Kim: excellent idea - I'll try to remember it.
A random thought - you know the photo of Rogan leaping and lots of shots in motion - as it were?
Could you do the same for a face in motion? Would it be worth an experiment?

R. Sherman said...

Congrats on the "puff." You just successfully helped propagate more mushrooms!

Cheers.

Pat said...

Randall: I'm not sure I want to. They sound as if they could be nasty.

Guyana-Gyal said...

At first I thought, wasps' nests. But both Kevin and JohnG said 'puffballs'.

When I'm not so sleepy, I'll google that, I'm curious too.

Pat said...

GG: I think the boys are right. They often are.

Kim Ayres said...

The tricky bit for a face in motion (like a head turning) is it overlaying previous versions. Rogan jumping works because each shot is clear of the other. I could, however, line up a series of faces next to each other with different expressions

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

They almost look like some kind of Mushroomn, in a strange way....Odd and interesting!

Love all the pictures of your garden Pat, and it looks like SPRING is here in your beautiful country! Isn't it wonderful!!!