We have some fungus geeks living down the street from us. I say this lovingly and with huge gratitude 'cause they took us along yesterday - in the rain - on one of the last mushroom forays of the year!! Now, we look for fungus all the time. All. The. Time. Our most recent discovery is what is scientifically called "the poop fungus" which grows in huge colonies wherever there is dog poop in our yard. Apparently it's edible, but...well, I'm not trying' it. Really, the best foray is the treasure hunt through the forest for the surprises and the beauties...It was so nice to have these ladies showing us what they are learning in their mycology class at the U.
I can't identify all of these, but I've included what I can, just on the off off off chance that you are also a fungus geek.
|Lycogala epidendrum - wolf milk slime mold, which is bubblegum pink in its youth|
Mycena luteopallens grows on walnuts and hickory nuts
|how amazing is this fungus??? it's the scutellinia scutellata, or eyelash cup|
|this is not a fungus. it's more like an animated slime mold.|
Even in the rain it was the most beautiful day. We are deep in the heart of autumn. While the mushrooms like the rain, it is almost too cold for them to bloom.
|my autumnal girl, sporting her beautiful mormor sweater|
|Chlorociboria - green stain fungus|
I had to laugh - Sarah literally squealed, "Oh my gosh, I've been looking for this all my life!" when she saw this fungus; her partner Eden laughed and said, you mean since the beginning of the semester? Love that enthusiastic swoon over mushrooms...come on - it's beautiful!!
|the wood is stained blue - read about its use in wood-inlay artwork from the 14th century here|
|lichen! part fungus, part algae...a whole other amazing story|
|the hunters' finds, drying out|
They told us which ones we could dry out, on our window screens, and which ones might make it in our little terrarium. I've never thought of having them inside (!! sorry Dan!!), but to be able to ponder over an earthstar in the dead of winter, well, I think that will be very nice.