Nature

Blue shrooms?

Photo of a vibrant blue mushroom in a forest setting, surrounded by ferns.

E. hochstetteri is a mushroom, and it’s blue. It’s really, really, really blue—almost unbelievably blue, saturated in a way more often associated with kids’ markers or mouth-staining candy than with fungi. The diminutive mushrooms play an outsized role in New Zealand’s cultural landscape and also flourishes in locals’ lives, with the Māori using these mushrooms as food, medicine, and pigments for tattoos.”

In The News

Nuts!

This made me laugh, so I just had to share it. A man in Fargo, North Dakota recently discovered that a squirrel had been stashing away walnuts for the winter — around his truck’s engine. And not just a few, but 180 pounds! That is a lot of walnuts. I have been depressed lately, so anything that makes me laugh is good.

Nature

A whale super-group down under

INSPIRATION FROM WILDLIFE

What I miss from being homeless is sleeping outside among the trees and the wildlife, and having the warmth of the sun greet you in the morning as you wake up. There is nothing like it. I witnessed a lot of great things, from a snow owl swooping down on me, thinking I might be its next meal and leaving disappointed that I was not a rat, to a skunk sneaking into my tent while I slept and snacking on my cream cheese, I have a lot of nature stories to tell. What I am fascinated with these whales is the bubble-net feeding. The circular pattern is something that captives me.