Pedagogy of the Plants

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Ephemeral Ghost Pipe

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Monotropa uniflora

The illusive rows of ghostly flowers are actually a fungus feeding on fungi that’s feeding on tree roots. They’re epiparasites, or parasites sourcing nutrients from other parasites.


Monotropa unifloraHiawa

Eastern Native American tribes once used ghost pipe as an anticonvulsive and painkiller.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

June Foraging

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Cantharellus cibarius

A bike ride to a secret spot off South Milledge reveals a neon patch of orange on the forest floor. Click here for a simple and delicious recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 26, 2020 at 11:41 am

Barometer Earthstar

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Astraeus hygrometricus

In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, a chance encounter with this earthstar over a year ago required balance. Literally.


Astraeus hygrometricus

The High Shoals Creek Falls Trail was closed, but a fallen tree offered intrepid hikers views of the waterfall. A mud-caked log was the only route across the creek after a tree chopped the footbridge in half.

The curious alien spore sac rested on a rock next to the platform/overlook.

Smoky Mountain Fungi

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While hiking the Deep Creek Trail into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, coral, turkey tail and other curious fungi sprout from the humus below.




Written by Cameron Brooks

September 4, 2017 at 11:32 am

Coral Fungus and Friends

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Coral Fungus

North Georgia Chanterelles

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Discolored Chanterelle

Unidentified Seed Case



Click here for Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan white wine garlic chanterelle recipe (which I’ll try after verifying they’re actually chanterelles).

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Canary Clusterfungus

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Written by Cameron Brooks

March 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Pig Trail Fungi

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The cost of photographing these fleshy folks was five yellow jacket stingers. More from Pig Trail…

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Bracket Fungi

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