Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trail run

Just a simple trail run at Ken-O-Sha park after work yesterday. The cool air on my skin and the green trees all around me felt wonderful. I even found some kind of strange species in the undergrowth. It's probably some kind of fungus, but it looks like an alien egg.

Trail running really is one of my favorite things in the world to do.

The crazy looking alien eggs are indeed a fungus.  They're called giant puffballs.  How appropriate!  They grow in the late summer to early fall and can get up to 3 feet in diameter.  They are also edible until they start to spore, which you can tell by cutting them open and seeing if they are turning brown on the inside.  If they are pure white, you can eat them.  The hubby and I tried some, and it tasted much like your standard grocery store white mushroom, only softer.  Tracking them down again and giving them a try was a cool, geek-tastic, biology adventure!

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