While exploring the living things which made their home on a rotting alder log, I came upon something new to me. It was patch of what I initially though to be miniscule mushrooms with black glossy caps.
A little bit of research confirmed that they were slime mold, but so far I have not been able to make an exact identification. The nearly round sporangia are less than a millimeter in diameter with brownish red stalks.
In the photo below, the two fruiting bodies on the left have opened up, revealing spores.
To find out a little bit about slime mold, go to Orange Slime Mold.