Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dank and Dark Earth








If you're in the market for unheimlich horrors out of Erckmann-Chatrian or William Hope Hodgson, you could do worse than to have a look at the Cornell Mushroom Blog. I especially like its use of zoomable, rotating Quicktime images in posts like Cabbage Monstrosities and A Spider's Nightmare.

There are also some remarkable time-lapse movies, as well as recipes for such "strange new adoptions of listless gluttony" as puffball fritters and chicken of the woods, which will please those who, in Piero Camporesi's words, "prefer to seek nourishment from gelid, inert, corpse-like organisms...fed on darkness, night-time dews, opaque saps."

Cornell photographer Kent Loeffler has many more photos and films at his site - including the cautionary fable Potato infected with Erwinia carotovera - and explains the tricks of his trade in considerable detail.

3 comments:

four legs good said...

Is that a mushroom?

Remarkable.

Nanette said...

Fascinating site - even the dessicated spiders!

I'd not want to meet that puffball mushroom in a dark alley tho (or a dark forest, for that matter).

Kathie said...

Thanks for the nice comments, I'm glad they led me to find your blog. We do our very best to simultaneously horrify and pique the curiosity of our readers. If you like weird (and we know you do) you'll want to check out our recent video entry about the ballistic dung fungus Pilobolus and its evil cargo. That's right. I said "ballistic dung fungus." What a cool job I have!