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Critter of the Week: Fungal Bird Bath

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This Critter of the Week photo is a striking image, even without the critter, so to speak.


Pat Fosnacht of Yorkville sent an explanation:

Thought you might like this picture I took at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove of a "Fungal Bird Bath."

I saw a bird splashing around in the water in this mushroom, but the bird flew away before I could capture the best photo!!

I have been there on getting outdoors photos a second too late or simply not fast enough. Even without the bird splashing, the image grabs me.

Speaking of photos, I have been running Buck of the Week: Unplugged or Mushroom of the Week photos on the outdoors page of the Sun-Times on Sundays for a long time.

But I think I will now lump them under a more general category of Critter of the Week, it gives me leeway in showing the wonder of Chicago outdoors, such as the eagle chowing on a road-kill deer last Sunday.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on November 7, 2010 4:46 AM.

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