I shot this photo the other day while I was out walking with the kids. There were dozens of these mummified mushrooms scattered around.
In other places I've lived -- fungi-intensive regions like Washington state -- mushrooms tend to sort of turn brown and dissolve after a while. But here, in the humidity-less tierra encantada, our mushrooms desiccate where they stand.
I've found puffball-type fungi as well, with a stem that reaches into the ground.
I'm confused though. I always thought that fungi grew on decaying matter. But this is sand! What can possibly be it's raison d'etre? (French for Raisin Toast.) I've never seen these out in this field when they were fresh.
Anybody know what the deal is here?
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