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Photo – An extraterrestrial mushroom

My cabin is near the two of the highest waterfalls, east of the Rockies and 150 yards from an early 19th century gold mine.  The 68 ” of rainfall each year and high gold content of the soil produce some spectacular wildflowers.  However, this mushroom on a tree in back of the cabin, wins the cake.  It is about 5″ in diameter.

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Looks like a lions mane!!!

    • I looked up mushrooms on the web and could not find anything that looked like it. However, it is definitely a rare type of fungus . . . ergo a mushroom.

      There is a coral that looks like it, but coral grow in seawater, not on the sides of trees in the Appalachian Mountains! LOL


    regarding your mushroom. there are mushrooms called “shaggy mane” and I think this is what you have. Stored away, I have a book and have seen photos, but none in woods here. At a large library , they would likely have the book.
    I remember the same mushroom as edible, but without absolute identification, do not handle or consume… its the spores that will get you….. its slow and painful and final. :o)
    Also, .. the white coral mushroom is edible, I have found and eaten in my area…. grows on the ground. Identify, Identify!!!!

    • Yes, we figured that out. I had never noticed it before. Mack, according to the GA Dept. of Agriculture, North Georgia is an ideal location to cultivate some of the most valuable mushrooms in the world. However, they can’t get local farmers interested in commercial scale production. There are many hobbiests, and a few farmstead operations that sell mushrooms at tailgate markets. No one here is selling to supermarkets though.


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