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No internet til Sept 9, see you then.

30 08 2014   3 notes  

tagged by psarius, dangit

1. What’s your name?: Shelby

2. When is your bday?: December 11

3. Where are you from?: Colorado

4. Have a crush?: I crushed him into a boyfriend

5. What’s your favorite color?: Fishing lures sparkling underwater

6. Write something in caps: TODAY’S THE DAY

7. Got a favorite band/artist?: Radiohead

8. Favorite number: 42

9. Favorite drink?: Water

10. Tag 5 people: No, they’re not for sale.

26 08 2014   1 note   #gpoy

The mycology tag is really starting to pick up again… and a man was selling fresh picked Lobster Tails (Hypomyces lactifluorum) at the local farmer’s market last week…aaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAHHH

I wanna go out mushroominggggg ;A; but I gotta pack and stuff so I can’tttt.

Luckily Corvallis has more easily accessible forests for doing so in, but it’s still a bit of a ways away for someone without a vehicle. Not eleven frickin’ miles, but still a ways.

I should probably get a foraging buddy asap too… Colin doesn’t mind hiking, but I don’t think he’d be up for it as often as I will be. I would love going alone, but y’know, I shouldn’ttttt, safetyyyy, blah blah blah.

With any luck, I’ll be able to squeeze into the mycology course at OSU. Probably won’t happen since I’m so late to register, but here’s hoping!!

24 08 2014   1 note   #contemplating going into mycology #but I don't want an agri job #I don't know why #I just don't #can I just travel the world #and take pictures of fungi #and discover new ones #yayayyayayaya let's do it #journal



Ugg. It is still happening.

and it still hurts to watch….

At least these ones can photosynthesize. But they will look very stupid as they get taller since the color won’t be in any of the new spines.

23 08 2014   32 notes   #why don't they just use fake plants at this point #really

Has anyone noticed that the frequency of ad posts on tumblr has slowly increased over time.

22 08 2014   17 notes  


Found a huge thicket of these plants growing under the bird feeder outside my house.  Any idea what they could be?

I originally thought they might turn into sunflowers, since that’s the main bird seed we use, but now that they’ve sprung up these little vines of buds, that obviously isn’t the case.

kihaku-gato, this looks up your alley. Any idea?

21 08 2014   10 notes   #They're like tiny fairy flowers


Does anybody know what this plant could be? It was a bush and it looked cool.

Lonicera involucrata aka Bearberry Honeysuckle

21 08 2014   3 notes  


I had a mix of “old fashion garden” seeds, and this came out (surrounded by a strawberry plant). Any guesses for its name?

Some kind of Nigella aka Love-In-A-Mist, probably. Though, this one doesn’t have many petals like most I’ve seen. 

21 08 2014   3 notes  

We got an apartment.

I didn’t remember to think about plants when we looked at it so idk who all I can bring but, we got an apartment. Woo!

19 08 2014   4 notes   #victory


Hello! I am a mushroom that rather suddenly appeared in a houseplant the other day! What am I? How did I get here? Am I dangerous? What the fuck?

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, aka flowerpot parasol. From what I gather, it’s not dangerous to you or your plant, but it is poisonous so don’t eat it.

18 08 2014   3 notes   #I personally would spread the spores around #in other pots #cuz I think it's cute


I think tumblr has left a lot of us emotionally stunted. This is a great community for empowerment, catharsis, or coping, but those things aren’t recovery in and of themselves. Comparatively, they’re easy when compared to the painful self-reflection and real-world…

(Source: dion-thesocialist, via edible-nightmares)

15 08 2014   26,654 notes   #yup

Done iscribblin’ alone

13 08 2014   2 notes  

Anyone with an iscribble account wanna doodle it up with me?

13 08 2014   2 notes  





Corpse Plant (Monotropa uniflora) Botanical Pendant

$25 on ETSY

ok that is metal as fuck

Somehow that comment took the mysticism out of it for me.

Also Corpse Plant (Amorphophallus titanum) gets it’s name because of the stench it gives out death smelling aroma to attract it’s pollinators. They are also very hard to grow and are rare. Technically this is Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe and lastly Corpse Plant. However as Corpse Plant is already attached to Amorphophallus titanum. I wouldn’t call it Corpse Plant. Why Ghost Plant because this baby glows in the dark. 

Here’s your sauce. (

Haha, you’re right; I myself call them Indian Pipes, as I suspect is the most common name. However, when I have multiple pendants of the same species I like to vary what common names I refer to them as on the various listings, so as not to alienate anyone who might colloquially call them something different. Wikipedia states Corpse Plant as a common term that is used, so I wanted to include at least one listing where it is referred to as such.

Not to be confused with the incredibly rare and precious Amorphophallus titanum which is the crown jewel of many a botanical garden around the world (I once watched a livestream of one flowering, that’s how much of a nerd I am); but then, it’s certainly not the only plant that shares common names with several other unrelated species.

Lovely blog, by the way.

Now I find myself wondering though, what would a pressed Amorphophallus titanum look like? Could you even do it?

And yeah, common names don’t go far when communicating, which is why taxonomy is so helpful! Besides, I think we all know that Euphorbia lactea ‘White Ghost' is the real “Ghost Plant”.

(Photo from lady_ee on gardenweb)

13 08 2014   50 notes  

Dyou ever feel like there’s a foot permanently in your mouth? Bluhhhhh.

Besides that though, things are going well. We should have an apartment, we’re just waiting on some paperwork. It’s a little ways away from campus, so I’m going to take my bike in soon for a tune up. Hope it continues to go well!

Lately, my Echium candicans has not been looking very happy (not that it has since the dogs tore it up last fall). Dunno if I’ll keep it and wait and see or not. 

I dunno. Not much else going on. Almost everything I have is in boxes now. Been reading more horror lately. Somehow it’s comforting in comparison to the change that’s been happening. My nerves haven’t been doing so well.

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12 08 2014   1 note   #journal