Of all the fascinating flora and fauna I've seen in Aiken to date, the Stinkhorn mushroom is still my favorite.
Equal parts disgust and awe for this incredible fungi that shows up in many guises from the model in my photo, which I call "Alien Emerging From a Toilet Paper Roll" to a much more, um, distinctly phallic shape.
But whatever they look like, there's no mistaking members (sorry, I couldn't help myself!) of the stinkhorn family, because the name is apropos.
They all reek to high heaven.
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