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A Fungus Right Out of 'A Game of Thrones'

Posted by Loren Drummond at Sep 17, 2013 03:45 PM |
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The Red Juice Tooth Fungus, recently spotted on the Silver Falls Loop, is a spectacularly creepy specimen that seems like it might be related to the fictional Weirwood tree in A Game of Thrones series. When you're hiking this fall, keep your eyes peeled for mushrooms and cool fungi.

Super-star hikers and trip reporters Bob and Barb recently spotted the Red Juice Tooth Fungus on the Silver Falls Loop and included a close-up of the unusual specimen in their trip report.

Spectacularly creepy, the fungal find (which seems like it must be related to the fictional Weirwood tree in George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones series) highlights something hikers all over the state are seeing: mushrooms and fall fungi are really starting to show off, in all their freaky glory.

Winter is coming...

But for now, we're still in the early stages of Washington's fall hiking season. That's great news for hikers who love to discover and photograph the spectacular spread of mushroom varieties that thrive in Washington state. So don't forget to look down when you hike.

And if you're a photographer with an eye for macro, you might want to consider entering the Flora and Fauna category of our annual photo contest with your favorite fungi photo.

Where trip reporters spotted cool fungi in the last few days

Reported by: Bob and Barb. (You could do worse than following these two around the state.)

Reported by otterbhikin

Mushroom from below Thunder Creek
A proud mushroom, photographed from below. Photo by otterbhikin.

Reported by Andy and Angela analonthetrail.

Spotted mushroom Lake Janus
Spotted mushroom photographed by backpackers, trip reporters and bloggers analonthetrail.

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