Cool Looking Mushrooms – Ouachita National Forest

By | January 25, 2017

I came across these cool looking Mushrooms while hiking in the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I was hiking in an area that was hit by a tornado a couple of years ago. The tornado did a lot of damage to the trees and it missed my place by 1/2 mile. The damage stretches several miles. I like hiking the edges of these downed trees because wildlife like to seek cover in these areas.

This winter has been warm and wet, so I have been seeing lots of different Mushrooms. I’m not sure what type of Mushrooms these are. I have never seen any like these.

Cluster of Mushrooms

A Cluster Of Mushrooms On A Dead Tree

Here is a post I wrote back in December – Earth Needs Mushrooms

Mushroom Facts

“Mushroom” describes a variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word.

Identifying mushrooms requires a basic understanding of their macroscopic structure. Most are Basidiomycetes and gilled. Their spores, called basidiospores, are produced on the gills and fall in a fine rain of powder from under the caps as a result. At the microscopic level the basidiospores are shot off basidia and then fall between the gills in the dead air space. As a result, for most mushrooms, if the cap is cut off and placed gill-side-down overnight, a powdery impression reflecting the shape of the gills (or pores, or spines, etc.) is formed (when the fruit body is sporulating). The color of the powdery print, called a spore print, is used to help classify mushrooms and can help to identify them. Spore print colors include white (most common), brown, black, purple-brown, pink, yellow, and creamy, but almost never blue, green, or red. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

One thought on “Cool Looking Mushrooms – Ouachita National Forest

  1. Donna

    Oh these are neat ones. I have a composite picture of some of the unusual mushrooms I’ve found in Western Kentucky, where we live. There are some really colorful and interesting varieties around.

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