Black elfin saddle mushroom

Right on time for Halloween, a few spooky characters have started turning up at our place.

Some, like the one above, have come dressed like the Grim Reaper…

two odd looking white mushrooms

while others have chosen a more ghostly costume.

I recognized the “Grim Reaper” as a Black elfin saddle mushroom (Helvella lacunosa) – we’ve had them visit in past years. But the ghostly look of the others puzzled me at first. And then I found the likely answer: according to Wikipedia, Black elfin saddles can have white stems when they’re young, and occasionally they have white caps. So I’m guessing these are Black elfin saddle youngsters, out for a lively bit of trick or treating.

No matter which of the two costumes they’re wearing, they all seem just a little bit spooky!

Light coloured elfin saddle mushroom

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

One response »

  1. Gabriola Photography Club says:

    Wonderful! 😀

    Sent from my iPhone


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