Mushrooms and Art

November 3, 2015

My last post was about glowing mushrooms, but I recently found an even more interesting fungus in my own backyard. It's a shelf fungus growing from a stump. They look like pancakes to me but there's more to them than their unusual appearance.


I did some research and learned these are referred to as "artist's fungus because  I reached down and broke off a "plate" of fungus. The underside is creamy and smooth. My fingerprints made an immediate impression. I used a stick to engrave my name into the fungus. When the fungus dries the artwork can be displayed. 





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Susan Griner is an author of children's fiction. She has written short stories and poetry for both Cricket and Babybug magazine. She is currently working on a YA novel set along the Silk Road. She lives in Washington state, but her southern roots have influenced her writing.

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