Saturday, January 2, 2010

Pretty in pink

I found this mushroom (Leptonia sp.) on December 27, 2009 but it spent a bit too much time in my refrigerator before I got around to painting it. I found it fruiting with a small group of others just like it under a madrone. If I'd painted it while still fresh the gills would be white which still would've been pretty, but it released it's pink spores, coating the gills. I wonder why fungi spores come in so many different colors? Of course, it helps us humans to identify them more easily but that can't be the (only) reason for the color variety.

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