Of This Good Earth

Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)

Common Earthball – Scleroderma citrinum

When I came across these potato-like mushrooms in my local wood I couldn’t help but think of the scene from Alien when John Hurt found himself surrounded by numerous alien eggs. I only saw the one to start with, and I photographed it, and then looked around, my eyes now accustomed to the gloom in this part of the woods, and saw there were quite a few more scattered about and poking through the leaf-litter.

Common Earthball – Scleroderma citrinum

I am just really glad one didn’t crack open for something terrible to spring out into my face!

Common Earthball – Scleroderma citrinum

Photographs of Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum), taken October 2016, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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