Beau April 3rd, 2008
The oddities of nature amaze me. Or maybe they’re not oddities, but I am amazed anyway. I’ve been watching a fairy ring in a field for a year or two. I didn’t recognize the green dark ring at first, but then found the strange, dark fungi hidden beneath the grass. Since I first noticed it, it hasn’t become much larger. Which makes me think it grows very slowly.
It was interesting to read Fun Facts about Fungi and how fairy rings grow. They also describe one in France that is over a half mile in diameter and maybe 700 years old! Our little fairy ring is about 20 feet in diameter, and probably at least that old in years.
What kind of fungi is this? I’m not really sure. I thought maybe a puffball, but it’s flat along the top. We’ll keep checking on it through the years.
It’s colder and rainy again today, and the spring season is beginning slowly. But when we get a day or two of warming weather it’s time to think about Morels… we haven’t found any on our property, but maybe some day. Folks guard their secret morel sites carefully. They are really delicious!