Friday, December 05, 2014

Doppleganger

It was first seen through binoculars, through clouded window glass and past the dancing distraction of feathered feasters on the lawn below.  It resembled a forgotten rose, brown petaled, a perfect circle of design rolled out like stale pie crust on the top curve of an alligator-backed resting log, dull but intriguing.


Later in the day I was close enough to inspect both pattern and color and shape more closely, and was surprised to see the familiar image of a female pine cone with its distinct scales smashed firmly against the rough bark wood as if raped by some autumn monster and left for lost.


But wait, neither pie nor flower nor cone is this object.  It is soft and pliable, if still firmly attached, and is indeed a fungus playing hiding games in the fall light.  It is a cabbage fungus in its normal costume, pretending it is something else.


11 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful fungi Tabor. Is it edible?

joeh said...

Very interesting.

Angie said...

That's amazing---have not seen this before.

Red said...

You really got me thinking with your fine description of a fungus.

Linda Reeder said...

Very cool! I have never seen one of those!

Granny Annie said...

Thank you for examining closely.

barbara judge said...

LOVELY! -- barbara

messymimi said...

It's pretty, and most fungus isn't.

Pauline said...

Never heard of a cabbage fungus, especially one that looks like a raped pinecone. You always have something to teach - and you do so in such exquisite prose.

ellen abbott said...

that's a new one for me. very pretty.

Brian Miller said...

interesting...cool fungus...nature always has the best textures...