VISUAL SOMA

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puffballs

This was taken in late December, after the first snowpack melted off, whence the slightly crushed appearance.

puffballs

This was taken in late December, after the first snowpack melted off, whence the slightly crushed appearance.

comments (5)

  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 2 Jan 2008, 15:23
Oh I like this. It's such an interesting sight. What are they? Kinda reminds me of "Invasion of the body Snatchers" though smile.
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 2 Jan 2008, 20:22
Thanks. Puffballs are a type of fungus that release their spores in smoke-like puffs, hence the name. You can see the greenish openings where the "smoke" comes out if you press on them.
Lovely squashy detail! I love the `deflated` look of them. (:o)
  • Dave
  • Pennsylvania
  • 3 Jan 2008, 12:14
Aren't they fun? The sort of thing I probably wouldn't stop to examine closely if it weren't for this photography addiction.
  • Karen
  • Alabama
  • 6 Jan 2008, 14:02
Ooh, one of the Lycoperdon, maybe??? That's my new favorite latin name. It just cracks me up.
Dave Bonta: I suppose so. I see what you mean about the genus name:

"So where does the common name 'Wolf-fart puffball' come from? I teach a course here called 'Latin and Greek for Scientists,' and so I know that 'lyco' means wolf in Greek; 'perdon' means 'to break wind' in Greek, so the two combine to mean 'wolf-fart.'" http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/nov2001.html
That's awesome! Thanks for pointing it out.

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