Posts Tagged ‘mushrooms’

“Blue Crystal and other Discoveries

A “blue crystal” … I’m not sure what the light’s reflecting from.

This piece of wood’s mostly covered with a variety of lichens and a couple of teeny pale red mushrooms.

A yellow-bellied sapsucker went first to the pine tree. You can tell the holes they drill by the way they’re in straight and horizontal lines. Sap flows from the holes and the sap suckers feed on it.

Clouds also add a variety of their shapes

Spring’s slowly arriving, and the spiders are already beginning to work on their small

 and large webs.


Small Shelf Mushroom

I found four of these small shelf mushrooms in our yard.

They weren’t soft and flexible.

I wasn’t able to identify them, but I sure did enjoy them.

A No-Name Mushroom

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These mushrooms grew at the base of a sweet gum tree in our backyard.

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I found them on November 24th last year

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and was excited over their appearance.

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 Rains kept me from taking more pictures until November 30. The largest one measured 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Mushrooms are beginning to frustrate me. I find ones I like and then can’t find them in any of my six mushroom books.

Oh well. I can still enjoy them anyway.

No Name Mushrooms

Buffy and I went for a morning walk through the woods at Stone Face.  The late October day was cloudy. No water ran in the creek. No flowers bloomed.

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These mushrooms practically lined part of a fallen dead tree.

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White shelf mushrooms also grew on the same log.

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I thought this configuration had an artistic appearance.

One of these shelf mushrooms had gills on the underside, and the other had pores.  I didn’t find either of these in any of  my six mushroom books.

It didn’t matter to me. I enjoyed them anyway. Besides, they don’t know what they are either.

I come from an artistic family and look at things from an artistic standpoint.

Photographic Challenge


Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) grew in clusters along the side of a fallen, long-dead tree.


For a picture of their gills, I held the camera upside down, focused and snapped the picture.


It was fun and had surprising results.

White Mushroom

I seem to be developing a knack for finding things I can’t identify.


These mushrooms commonly grew in a low damp area on … I’m not sure on what kind of wood. I took the pictures  on November 30.


At first they looked to me like mushrooms that had curled inside-out as they aged.


And, as of this posting, I still have no idea what they are.


Another cold cloudy day had me wanting a short outing.


Research turned up many names to choose from for these:


wood ear, jelly ear, brown jelly fungi and Auricularia auricula.


False turkey tails (Stereum ostrea) are smooth underneath,


and turkey tails (Trametes versicolor) have pores underneath.


My last find was reddish-brown crust (Hymenochaste tabacina).

I left feeling refreshed, even though the outing was short.