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Commonly noted in nature that blue is a very rare color occurring naturally. Can anyone assist and tell me what tree this is from? I took this photo as I saw it on the path in the middle Appalachians at about 3250 feet.
 

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I think there's a good chance that it's a Norway Maple. The leaves turn dark purple-red in the fall, and the shape is correct.
Another possibility would be this.

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and what about this:
Also found along same path in middle Appalachians, poking it's head out of the undergrowth...yes it is a mushroom, but what kind?
 

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It definitely has that maple look to it. Maybe it's cold?
 

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Definitely a maple variety.
 

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I was going to say...it sure looks like a maple leaf to me. I will ask one of my MG friends about it.
 

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Am posting it for fun. I can google and search (already did), just thought some of you might have fun with it.
 

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Am posting it for fun. I can google and search (already did), just thought some of you might have fun with it..
My Master Gardener guru/friend says it is caused from a fungus on the maple leaf :) But I think it is a really cool photo. SOmeone might think you had "photoshopped it"
 

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Awesome!
No, didn't photoshop at all. Although when I went to look I found some photoshopped with a plethora of colors across the leaf. I noticed after look on my pc that there were blue rocks nearby as well, didn't even see those when I took this.
 

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And to be fair, it was not large. I took some pix with my hand near to show the size, like one of the tiniest mushroom I have ever seen.
 

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i think you should go back and get that pretty blue rock! looks like some kind of gemstone. so pretty.
 

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Yeah now you tell me! I am still sore from hiking 6 miles to get that blue leaf photo.
 

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir
 
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