Look at those chicken of the woods mushrooms! It looks like people found mushrooms bigger than their heads, just like this guy. According to the photo, it was the biggest mushroom they’d ever seen in their life. Ours too. It’s even bigger than their dog, who’s sulking in the back, probably afraid of the size of the mushrooms. If every mushroom was as big as this one, we’d have a problem (via Bored Panda).
These people found mushrooms they couldn’t identify. According to the photo, “I found these tiny guys in some mulch this morning. Google Lens is not helping me identify.” Unfortunately, there are no mycologists on staff here at Science Sensei. There are hundreds of different species of mushrooms this could be. At least we now know these mushrooms’ size relative to a dime, which they strategically placed in the photograph. Either way, it makes a great picture and we’re happy to spend time looking at it on the internet (via Bored Panda).
These mushrooms belong to the Smurfs. There’s no question about it. Their color and size are incredibly stunning, and magical fairy creatures certainly run around these mushrooms. The person who found these thrillingly blue mushrooms found them in their backyard! We wonder where they’re living if this is what they find only steps from their back door. They might look psychedelic, but they’re not, according to experts. Though some mind-bending mushrooms turn blue after being harvested, not all blue mushrooms are transportive. E. hochstetteri doesn’t contain the consciousness-altering chemical psilocybin.(via Bored Panda).
The Oregon Coast is stunning, and this mushroom proves just that. This person found mushrooms on the coast. According to the photo, this is “a massive Boletus Edulis (King Bolete) on the Oregon Coast.” Seriously, that’s the size of a small dog. We’re not surprised they managed to pick this out of the field, it sticks out from the weeds like a sore thumb. What a spectacular find (via Bored Panda).
These are the cutest mushrooms on this list. These people managed to find the tiniest mushrooms out there. It’s fascinating to see the comparison in mushroom size. Some of them are giant, and some of them are microscopic. Mushrooms vary in size, just like people. This photo was captioned, “my daughter loves mushroom hunting and found these tiny ones on an acorn cap.” They’re the perfect size for someone’s daughter to find (via Bored Panda).
This mushroom is undercover, and they’re heroically lifting up the earth. Just look at that strength! Who thought a mushroom could lift the earth like that? We certainly didn’t. We know that mushrooms are responsible for life on earth, and this photo makes it that much more believable. Incredibly, these people managed to capture this mushroom underneath the earth like this. If they hadn’t taken a picture of it, we never would’ve seen something as spectacular as this (via Bored Panda).
This photo is the caption “absolute Bolete unit”, and we can see why. This Bolete mushroom is no joke, and the woman is holding the mushroom like a proud mother showing off her child. She should show it off, just look at the size of that thing! We wonder where people manage to find mushrooms this size. They must be hiding deep in the forest, and only the lucky ones can find them. These mushrooms grow in North America and Europe, mainly in wooded areas. There are more than 200 species of the bolete mushroom alone, and none of them are known to be deadly to humans (via Bored Panda).
These Lion Manes mushrooms resemble a chandelier or something you would find sitting on your dining room table. It’s as if nature has its decorations, in the form of mushrooms. Lion’s Mane is also referred to as bearded tooth and hedgehog, and we can see why. The more people on the internet show us their favorite photos of these mushrooms, the more in awe we become. Someone was on a walk when they discovered these mushrooms nestled on the side of a tree (via Bored Panda).
Seriously, we have something to learn from these mushrooms. They can so easily recreate human body parts, that it’s a bit freaky. Though scientists do say humans are more closely related to mushrooms than plants, it comes as no surprise that our body parts eerily resemble some mushrooms. This photo is captioned, “Jelly Ear, my first time finding one!” We haven’t been lucky enough to find one, so we appreciate that this person shared it on the internet (via Bored Panda).
This puffball mushroom looks like something out of Pokemon. Seriously, how is this real? We half expect it to grow tiny arms and legs and start running around. This person’s uncle found one of the strangest mushrooms on this list, and we can only help but be in awe. Not one of these mushrooms is the same as the next one. The puffball mushrooms are commonly found in meadows and fields, so if your adventure happens to take you to one of these landscapes, then keep an eye out for the puffballs (via Bored Panda).
This mushroom looks like Albert Einstein’s hair. We’re not sure if it’s safe and edible, but the person captioning the photo is convinced it’s safe and delicious. We wouldn’t want to be the first ones to try it out, though. Either way, it’s strange to look at and certainly captures our attention. We’d love to see more of these types of mushrooms since they’re certainly strange (via Bored Panda).
Is it just us, or does this mushroom resemble a giant skull? This person found one of the biggest mushrooms we’ve ever seen. They captioned the photo and said, “my giant puffball find from last autumn. As it was so ridiculously huge, I decided to take some fun pics with it.” We’d love to see the rest of these photos since this one looks pretty great. We wonder how long one of these giant mushrooms survives (via Bored Panda).
We’re seeing another person stumble upon chicken of the woods mushrooms. This seems to be the most popular type of mushroom out there, and we can’t help but stare in awe. These people are lucky to come across these giant mushrooms on their hikes in the woods. It’s fascinating that they expand across the trunk of a tree. It looks like that’s where they feel the most at home. Even if this person found these mushrooms on one of the most treacherous hikes in the world, it would still be beautiful (via Bored Panda).
It looks like seashells in the ocean and mushrooms are also closely related. This person happened to stumble across the Shoehorn Oyster while hiking in the woods. If we didn’t know this was a mushroom, we’d think it was a seashell! A giant portion of the earth was once covered in water, after all, so it makes sense to see mushrooms that look like something from the sea. These aren’t the only mushrooms that look like seashells, there are tons of other mushrooms out there that closely resemble the magic we can find beneath the sea (via Bored Panda).
This one takes the cake for the biggest mushroom on this list. This is a giant Reishi mushroom that’s edible. There are tons of health benefits that come with eating Reishi mushrooms, and that includes boosting the immune system, anti-cancer properties, fighting fatigue and depression, and helping the heart. These mushrooms are native to East Asia and are used widely in Asian traditional medicine (via Bored Panda).
This person’s smile says it all. She found a tree full of chicken of the woods mushrooms and decided to collect them all. The landscape looks incredible, fresh, and inviting, and is a place we’d want to spend time in. We imagine this woman found many different types of mushrooms since it looks like an ideal environment for mushroom collecting. Let’s hope she sautees those mushrooms and makes something delicious (via Bored Panda).
We’re seeing another incredible puffball mushroom. This person found this huge puffball on the side of the road, and couldn’t help but get a picture of it. Look at the size of that thing! You can also eat puffball mushrooms, so it looks like this guy has dinner sorted for the next week or two. As long as the puffballs are white inside, they’re edible for humans to consume. But if you eat these mushrooms at the wrong stage in their growth, they could be deadly (via Bored Panda).
This mushroom looks like a Christmas tree decoration. Someone stumbled across this fascinating mushroom while walking through the forest in the fall. If this is the mushroom we think it is, it’s somehow edible, poisonous, and hallucinatory at the same time. That doesn’t sound too pleasant, but it’s nice to look at. It’s also the mushroom from Alice in Wonderland, so it makes it that much more special to stumble upon. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that Alice has a crazy experience after consuming one of these mushrooms, so maybe it’s better we don’t eat it (via Bored Panda).
These mushrooms are hanging out in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan. The desert is also known as the Valley of the Moon. The name alone sounds beautiful enough to make anyone want to visit. That’s not something you’d expect to find in such desolate conditions. The desert itself is home to many different sites. If you look closely, you’ll find special sites like this one, mushrooms hidden within the sands of the desert (via Bored Panda).
These mushrooms look like they belong in a rave. They look like they have twinkling LED lights glued onto them and are about to break out into a strobe light. This person captioned the photo, “I saw God today and she’s a mushroom.” It’s true! These mushrooms also look like ones that have been fossilized and preserved for hundreds of years. We can learn a lot about the history of the planet by studying fossilized animals, flora, and fauna (via Bored Panda).
Just look at the smiles on their faces! They couldn’t be happier to find Chicken of the Woods mushrooms. They’re either excited at their discovery or excited about the fact that they have dinner for the next few days. What a special find! Hopefully, they collected those mushrooms and brought them back home. It was the first time they went mushroom hunting and that’s what they found (via Bored Panda).
This person stumbled upon Alice in Wonderland. In the movie, Alice eats a mushroom that changes her physical state. They captioned the photo, “another shot from fairy forest!” It’s a fairy forest. There’s nothing like magical mushrooms that grow in the wild, especially ones featured in a famous movie. It’s almost like stumbling upon a famous actor or actress in the streets of a big city and catching them when you least expect it (via Bored Panda).