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   CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Oct 18 08:50 AM

October 18, 2011 Stone Mushroom or Severed Head?

A Bulgarian folk tale has it that at dawn the four daughters of the local charcoal burner, by name of Radoun, left the protection of the fortress of Perpericon. They were water carriers and their daily task was to go the local river to collect the water needed for their father’s livelihood.

One of the four daughters, Gyusha, spotted an invading army and the girls were able to run back and give their fortress warning. However, after a week of siege, traitors opened the gate and let the army of the enemy in. The four sisters were captured but managed to escape and tried to flee to a local monastery. However, one of the invading army, Omur, pursued them and with a vicious blow, severed Gyusha’s head. The miracle happened and she turned in to a beautiful stone mushroom. Omur killed the remaining three who then, successively, turned to stone as well.

Convinced the place was cursed, Omur tried to flee. However he was at the precise moment turned in to rock himself. Perhaps it could be the morning dew, but older residents of Beli Plast swear that in the mornings, tears can be seen dripping from the stones. The tears of the four sisters.

In reality, these lime stone mushrooms are thousands of years old and are a result of erosion from water that is no longer present, giving them their eerie presence. The largest stands approx. three meters tall.

Thanks to Kuriositas for the story and Vassia Atanassova for the image.

Trilby  Tuesday Oct 18 09:29 AM

Broccoli stalk.

GunMaster357  Tuesday Oct 18 09:58 AM

Earth fart?

Lamplighter  Tuesday Oct 18 10:49 AM

This was Omar one day last winter...

Gravdigr  Sunday Oct 23 06:18 PM

Looks like a blackhead.

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