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Saturday, September 1, 2018


I am blogging about the butterfly monitoring for the Adventure Scientists project at Open Explorer.

But I've been neglecting the every day exploration of Earth Explorations this summer because, well, it's been summer.  Now that it is officially meteorological autumn, I feel I should get back to at least weekly entries.

So this makes a nice welcome back post. What should I find in my front yard this morning but a mushroom?

I've not studied mushrooms much and my field guide is somewhat vague. It is a cap and stem with gills, I think. I can't be sure, it's hard to get a look under the cap. I took a picture but the camera didn't focus well.

The mushroom is growing on the edge of the lawn, near where the leaf and needle fall from deciduous and coniferous trees are. It's an adorable little fellow. I feel like it sprung up overnight but I might be that unobservant. I'm headed out of town for a week in a few days so I won't be able to watch its aging progression. Still, I'll keep an eye on it and see what comes of it. You can learn a lot just through intentional observation.