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Those Damn Mushrooms!
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by

Funny story, these damn mushrooms.

When Ziva and Mike first announced this photo contest, I began to think of ideas.  You can imagine my thrill upon noticing GIANT, GORGEOUS, TALL and MAJESTIC mushrooms growing under my neighbor’s mailbox while on my way to work.

“As soon as I get home I am going to race over and take pictures!”

My luck?  I get home and have to leave right away to get a child to an appointment.  What do I see on my way out?  Several severed mushrooms lying prostrate on the grass.  DANGIT!

“That’s OK.  I will take pictures of that when I return.  Even THAT looks pretty darn cool.”

My luck?  When I return home, I see a clear plastic bag on my neighbor’s driveway, filled with dying mushrooms.  WHAT THE….??!!

Not to be deterred, I ran in to get my camera.  A bag of dead mushrooms is worth two in the bush, no?

I grabbed my camera, flew out the door, down the driveway and….  The mushroom bag was gone.

MikeWJ, were you behind all this?!

After falling to my knees and screaming, “WHYYYYYYYYY!??!?!?!?” I went to my back yard and took a stupid photo of a stupid bunch of mushrooms.


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  • hahahaha! I know the feeling when you can’t get the shot. It’s like having your heart ripped from your chest. That said. I love what you did with the shrooms. They’re ugly fuckers. Aren’t they?

    • mikewjattoomanymornings

      You’ve had your heart ripped from your chest?! By whom? A kung fu master? Because that’s so awesome. Was it still beating?

      • I don’t know. It happened so quickly. I didn’t get his name. At least he put it back … though now it rattles when I walk.

        • Mike, when did they take YOUR heart away? AH HA HA!!! Lauren, it rattles because your heart is SO BIG it hits your ribs!

  • I like it. Maybe I’m a simpleton but, I think these things are cool.

    • mikewjattoomanymornings

      Oh, please don’t refer to yourself as a simpleton, Agent 54. That’s a job best left to Ziva and me.

    • I actually liked my little guys… but the ones next door were bigger. I need to be like Gandhi and enjoy what I have in my own back yard!

  • Ron

    Bwhahahahahahahaha! Katherine, HILARIOUS story!

    And I think it’s awesome that they were in your own backyard the WHOLE time!!!

    Faaaaaaabulous shot, girl! Perfect!


    • mikewjattoomanymornings


    • They WERE in my backyard… but (me whining) “My neighbors’ mushrooms were bigger!” ha ha!

  • Sounds like there is a plot to sabotage your photo challenge. At least for this one you managed to find a really interesting shot. Great photo.

  • ReformingGeek

    I’m sure MikeWJ was behind it. Hee Hee. I like your cute little umbrella mushrooms.

  • Tami Von Zalez

    At least you had mushrooms to photograph! They are few and far between in these 80-90 degrees days here in California.

    • I was born in California. I don’t remember mushrooms, but I remember tons and tons of snails!

  • Mel

    *laughing* I’m sure it was a consiracy. ;-/

    • It was so funny that with each step, something changed. It was like gremlins were involved!

  • You know what, even if it isn’t MikeWJ’s fault, blame him anyway! Sigh. I hate mushrooms.

    • mikewjattoomanymornings

      Hush, woman.

      • Jackal

        yeah, ALL Mike’s fault. Mushroomhead!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I’m glad your neighbor’s mushrooms weren’t lying prostate on the grass, although that would’ve made a very interesting photo. As it is, however, your photo is really nice. I’m glad I forced you to scramble around and find a better photo than the easy one you were going to take.

    You’re welcome.

    • Mike you live in my house. Or you are snooping. Because I TYPED PROSTATE and didn’t catch it for a WHILE!

  • Those are some very pretty mushrooms. Much nicer than your neighbor’s, I’m sure. That said, I feel an odd satisfaction in hearing that I’m not the only one struggling with the photos. 😀

  • I think you’re very fortunate to have mushroom growing in your garden to photograph. I would have to go a long way to find growing mushrooms

    • Oh wow! I would think you get a lot of rain and would have them everywhere. How interesting!

      • Strange, but I’ve never seen any in our garden. Maybe it’s the constant mowing?

  • Jackal

    We should just start calling Mike – mushroom head!

  • The tale of the runaway mushrooms… I still like the shot!



    • I kind of want to send a link to my neighbors… but they don’t know about the blog, maybe I should keep quiet. 🙂

  • That’s the funniest mushroom story I’ve ever heard! Only one too. Oh well, I do like your stupid mushrooms. I’d have killed to see just one during the time I had to look. We had really pretty mushrooms in July when I couldn’t bend my busted knee cap to get a picture. ::sigh::

    • I wish I had gotten a shot of my neighbor’s mushrooms. They were so tall… so huge… mine were short guys. A knee cap is NOT worth a shot! Well, not always!

  • MalisaHargrove

    You had me laughing with your story. Sounds like my luck! How many damn mushrooms grow where you live? You have them in your yard. Your neighbor has a whole field in her yard. Are y’all psilocybin dealers? 🙂 Nice photo, too!

    • Dangit you found us out!!!! Just don’t tell the po-po…. it has to be our secret!

      I live across from the water – there is SO much moisture here…. and our weather has been quite rainy for a while – so we have mushrooms galore. My neighbors had MUCH better ones….. HAD is the key word!

  • Well, your “stupid” mushrooms look really nice. Really, I like the way they’re just hangin’ out.

  • Oh, man! I *hate* when I miss photo opportunities.

    After learning the hard way – I ALWAYS have my camera WITH me.

    But somehow I still miss photo ops! lolz.

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