Friday Funday posts….

Decided to do a double Friday funday post with two different takes on Friday.

Up first (and above) is Fish Friday. I was finally able to get a decent picture of all three algae eaters that we have (there is one in each aquarium). The top is “Jaws” who is the algae eater in the aquarium in my room; the middle one is “Cletus” who is the algae eater in the really big aquarium in my brother’s room. And the bottom algae eater is “Junior” who is in the aquarium in the family room. Out of the three, Junior is the smallest, and I think it’s a tie between the other two for who’s the biggest. The bottom two also have to share their “home” with a koi fish, while Jaws has the aquarium to itself.

Second take is Fungi Friday. We’ve gotten enough rain over the past two weeks that different types of fungi are starting to pop up around the area. I noticed these little deathcaps in the backyard this afternoon. There were about half a dozen of them, but I could only get these three in the picture. I’ve been hoping to see some oyster mushrooms pop up, so that I can harvest and freeze them–but alas, there hasn’t been any oyster mushrooms in the immediate area since our neighbor started spraying herbicide around the creek bed on their property. Herbicides don’t just get rid of the “bad” plants, they can get rid of the “good” plants as well. Cutting down the “bad” plants works just as well (though you have to do it more often), but it spares the “good” plants that are food for quite a lot of animals (and that’s not saying that animals don’t eat the “bad” plants as well).

I would go looking for the other mushroom types (if nothing else for pictures), but I don’t think that I have enough bug repellent to spray on my clothes to ensure that I don’t have ticks crawling on me (and I have developed a lovely little allergy to the those little monsters).