The last day of February

Where did the time go? Well, some of it went to walking in the woods.

winter alders
Light and shadow and it’s still wintery enough for the light to be all golden.

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More fungus

From today’s walk.

Probably spindle-shaped yellow coral
Some kind of yellow coral fungus.
orange mushrooms
Orange mushrooms from the side…
underside of orange mushroom
…and upside down.
underside of small shelf fungus
A turkey-tail type fungus from underneath…
top of small shelf fungus
…and above.
brown mushroom
And finally, your basic boring brown mushroom, but with some elegant frills.

mushroom closeup

Have some mushrooms.

We had some enormous ones this year; these photos are all of the same kind. This was an early stage before it started to flatten out.
mushroom closeup
mushroom closeup
And a bit dewy.
mushroom closeup
And a bit friendly.


Well, not all of them are odd, but certainly there were some on a recent walk.

split tree trunk

This was the first one. Why had someone chiseled 3 holes into this tree trunk? It was done by humans, not animals; I know pileated woodpeckers peck rectangular holes, but they aren’t quite as rectangular and smooth-sided as this. And it looked like it was a few years old, and dug in rather than being a simple blaze.

But here’s the other thing—the tree originally caught my eye because it was so obviously 2 trees nestled together; the trunks stood out because they were differently coloured.

top of treetrunk that's not split

Except they weren’t. Higher up, they were clearly joined, and in fact the split doesn’t go through to the other side of the tree.

old burned out stump

This burned out stump wasn’t an oddity, particularly, but the hole was like an eye to the rest of the forest.

tree stump hanging in air

Another oddity. When trees fall over I’m not used to seeing the end with the roots suspended fifteen feet up. (It had fallen into the space between two other trees and jammed fairly high off the ground, and the weight of the crown had pulled the root ball into the air.)

mushrooms on treetrunk

And this isn’t an oddity at all, just some nice fungus.

details of underside of mushrooms

And a detail, because I can.

Winter light

The light of a winter sun is one of my favourite things. So have some beauty to share.

old wood and fern
Old wood and bracken
dew on salal leaf
Dew on a salal leaf
fungus on tree trunk
Fungus on a tree trunk
shadow on tree trunk
Shadow on tree trunk

Bird’s nest fungus

close up of birds nest fungus

The wee, wee eggs!

Actually, they’re fruiting bodies. It’s from the Nidulariaceae family, if you’re into the Latin. Wikipedia says, The nests are “splash-cups”. When a raindrop hits one at the right angle, the walls are shaped such that the eggs are expelled to about 1 m away from the cup in some species. 

This is growing on our back gate. I’m not sure it’s a good sign for the overall health of our gate.

The bark mulch

…seems to have turned into a compost heap. Well, it is almost two years old. But really, I got quite a shock when I walked by and saw what it was growing.

mushrooms on bark mulch

These are really odd mushrooms: they don’t seem to have a top over their gills.

mushrooms on bark mulch

I think it must have rotted away as they aged, but I’m not sure.

mushrooms on bark mulch

At any rate, they’re roughly 2 inches in diameter, and there’s LOTS of them.

mushrooms on bark mulch

Still pretty, though they’re certainly past their “best by” date.

mushrooms on bark mulch

This appears to be what they look like before they unfurl.

mushrooms on bark mulch

And maybe this as well?

mushrooms on bark mulch

But these are definitely not related. It’s a convivial mulch pile, evidently.

mushrooms on bark mulch

Today’s walk

…was rather nice, considering it rained for some of the time.

We found mushrooms. (This one was about 8 or 9 inches in diameter.)

mushroom in ferns

We found a strange white fungus on a tree trunk, oozing liquid.

white fungus

We found autumn leaves, of course.

maple leaves

We found the edge between sandstone and cedar.

cedar growing on big rock

We found apples!


We found one of the most beautiful nurse logs I’ve ever seen.

nurse log

We found the vegetation at the edge of the marsh, all in layers.

edge of the marsh

We found autumn leaves in the cleft of a rock.

maple leaves in cleft in rock

We found a very good time with friends.

Fuzzy wuzzy

fuzzy yellow something

I decided to go mushroom hunting in our yard—to photograph, not to eat, as I’m no mushroom expert—and found this. Odd, isn’t it? I suspect it’s a parasitized mushroom overrun by some kind of furry slime mold, probably something like this, but who knows what lurks in the heart of our yard? I’ll post  pictures of more mundane fungus tomorrow.

Well-organized white fungus

white fungus on tree

What I thought was interesting about this fungus was its rather obsessive organization. There it is with a smooth, even covering of the tree trunk, and then intermittently it suddenly puts out a shelf at almost precise right angles—fluted and curling a bit to be sure in the direction of the shelving, but at a pretty consistent thickness, without any extreme thick-to-thin transitions.

Most fungi that I’ve seen are a lot sloppier in their assemblage. This one looks like it has a compulsion to be tidy.

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