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|I took this photo last Thanksgiving. The ground was wet and I didn't want to lay down, but I did want this perspective so I just held my camera at ground level and snapped the shot. It wasn't until later during PP that my sister noticed the gnome peeking around the base of the mushroom. Do you see him?|
A gnome is a creature characterized by its very small size and subterranean free lifestyle.
The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek gnosis, "knowledge", but more likely comes from genomos "earth-dweller".
Paracelsus includes gnomes in his list of elementals, as earth elementals. He describes them as two spans high, and very taciturn.
Often featured in Germanic fairy tales, including those by the Brothers Grimm, the gnome often resembles a gnarled old man living deep underground who guards buried treasure. Because of this, Swiss bankers are sometimes disparagingly referred to as the Gnomes of Zürich. Gnomes feature in the legends of many of central, northern and eastern European lands by other names: a kaukis is a Prussian gnome, tomten in Sweden, and barbegazi are gnome-like creatures with big feet in the traditions of France and Switzerland. In Iceland, gnomes (vĉttir) are so respected that roads are re-routed around areas said to be inhabited by them. Some confusion arises as the gnome is one of many similar but subtly different creatures in European folklore; mythical creatures such as goblins and dwarves are often represented as gnomes, and vice versa.
Individual gnomes are not very often detailed or featured as characters in stories, but in Germanic folklore, Rübezahl, the lord over the underworld, was sometimes referred to as a mountain gnome. According to some traditions, the gnome king is called Gob. Wolfmother, an Australian Rock band, included a song by the name of "Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes" in their first album.
About the Mushroom:
I could find no definitive answer on what type of mushroom this is. It could be a toadstool of of some type. If someone on TN knows I would for them to share what it is. These grow all around East Texas.
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You got lucky with this shot. The focus locked on just fine and you got some great details in the gills. The whites aren't too overexposed either.
I don't know what mushroom this is,but I wouldn't mind betting its poisonous.
As far as gnomes and goblins folk go ... I get the IDs all mixed up too, but I've seen plenty of little folk when I've been tripping on other kinds of mushrooms ;)
Aren't you glad I noticed him!!!