Or toadstools. Whatever. Nice and wet and shiny in a very damp forest.
There are a lot of tiny mushrooms in the forest right now. I like their attitude.
Or maybe not.
But the resemblance was quite astonishing—it looked like it should taste so, so good.
I’m not sure why they like it so much, given that they keep getting driven over, and walked over, and knocked over by assorted dogs and wildlife. But they come back every year. These have moved from last year’s location, though.
It was a soggy day for walking in the woods, but that brings out the fungus. This is a sampling of various fungal/licheny finds. Continue reading “Fun with fungi”
They kind of remind me of a bunch of curious giraffes.
It was a slightly precarious position on a muddy bank, so this is the only angle I shot.
Well, that’s what they look like.
It’s actually the Conifer False Morel, Gyromitra esculenta—or sometimes called Helvella esculenta. I’ve seen quite a few around recently.
Mushroom pickers, be careful of this one. According to Audubon it contains a compound similar to one used in rocket fuel and can be deadly. (If properly prepared and cooked it is apparently can be eaten, but the sources I found suggested that even “proper” preparation might not destroy the toxins entirely.)
It’s certainly interesting to look at, though.
Quite extravagant, in some ways.
I found these growing on dead, rotting wood the other day. The biggest ones were probably half a centimetre wide. I hauled out Mosses, Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America (Vitt, Marsh, Bovey), which I’ve found a lot of lichens in, but nothing seemed to match these.
As you can see, they’re white with ochrish tinting inside, and like nothing so much as little cups or pots. I haven’t a clue what they are. Any ideas?
A few days ago I found a lovely little lichen garden on a fallen tree. Here are some shots from it. I was fascinated by the textural patterning and how it all fitted together, and the subtlety of the colours.
I’ve no idea what this is, but it’s small. When I get home I’ll dig out my field guides and see if I can figure out what it is—meanwhile, if you have any ideas, please let me know! It seemed almost to be infesting this bush, bubbling all around the old branches.
I found this a few days ago. It’s an odd, frilly thing, quite extravagant. I’m not wild about the colour—I find it a bit offputting. Continue reading “Salmon-coloured fungus”