Friday, March 8, 2013

52 Forms of Fungi || #5

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  1. This is a great project. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with as it progresses.

    1. Thank you! It's been really fun to work on.

  2. Wonderful project! A friend posted a link to your site just recently, and I'm in love already.

    I'm an avid mushroomer and occasional knitter and mushroom dyer. Your Jack-o-lanterns drew me to say something, since you were wondering if they actually glow, and I've used them in dyeing wool!

    Yes, Jack-o-lanterns do glow in the dark, but their glow is subtle and not every single mushroom will do it. I've seen the glow several times, after being in total darkness long enough for my eyes to adjust completely. It's only the fertile surface (the gills) that will glow.

    If you want to see them glow, my advice is to pick some nice fresh ones, find the darkest room possible (closets are good), set up some seats and a surface to put the mushrooms on upside down, so you can see the gills. Be careful, as they have a habit of staining hands and surfaces orange! Then gather a good friend or two and sit in total darkness for maybe ten-fifteen minutes (it can take a while). Enjoy the show, hopefully!

    I live in California, and our Jack-o-lanterns are a different species from yours in the East/Midwest. But I've heard that the East Coast ones can be brighter than ours!

    I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your fungal creations!

    1. Hi Thea,

      Thank you for your comment! I'm glad you confirmed the mysterious glow of the jack o lantern fungus. I hope I will get to see it in person someday! Thanks for the tips, and thanks for following along. :)



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