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Devil’s Fingers

The picture above is of a mushroom thats thought to be a specimen of Clathrus archeri right before its fingers open up. It closely resembles a hand coming out of the ground. It even has the remnants of its tattered sleeves attached to the wrist.

A little morning mycology to get you in the Halloween spirit. Keep an eye out on your next walk and see if one of these little guys makes a grab for your ankle. ~LM

(Today is also the fourth anniversary of our Tumblr’s creation. I think celebrating birthdays with ghoulish mushrooms is pretty rad. —MN)


CONTEST ALERT! There’s always a great story behind every photo. Especially, when that photo is of your incredible cat. We’ve partnered up with @ProPlanCat to share your story with the world!

@ProPlanCat recently launched its online community as a unique place for cat lovers to connect and share great cat stories of their own. We’ve partnered with them to create a pop-up gallery in San Francisco to show the world “What’s so great about a cat”. Now, you have the amazing opportunity to have your great cat story and photo featured here and in the gallery! ——————————————————
4 lucky winners will receive a Purina @ProPlanCat prize pack, along with your photograph featured on Cats of Instagram AND in a real life pop-up gallery alongside photographs from photographer, Jessica Trinh.


1. Upload your most (beautiful, dramatic, favorite cat photos) to Instagram

2. Tell us your cat’s name and what makes them so great

3. Hashtag the photo #MyGreatCatGallery

4. Contest will run from May 19th-May 26th. Must be in the U.S. to participate. ——————————————————
@_drdesigns shares her story:
He belonged to my mom who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. She adopted him from the animal shelter and named him Terry after her brother (which always makes us kids smile). Unfortunately, Terry (the cat) is no longer with us and my mom now lives in assisted living. Terry is special because he brought her so much joy. Mom doted on him and spoiled him greatly. They loved to spend the day outside; mom being a certified master gardener and inquisitive Terry would follow her around the yard. Photos of Terry make her happy and bring back great memories. I love to find new images in my photo archives to show her, and recently discovered this unseen image. It made her smile and I love seeing her happy face. ———————————————————-
Share your stories using #MyGreatCat and see other great photos on @ProPlanCat! #MyGreatCat by @ProPlanCat #ProPlanCatPartner #catsofinstagram [source: ]

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