Each time I take a walk in the woods behind my house, I like to try and find at least one thing I have never seen before. This can be quite a challenge, because I have explored the area hundreds of times. When I went out yesterday, I only had a half hour; not much time. But as is often the case, nature tends to reveal the unexpected.
I was heading up a heavily shaded ravine when I spotted a small patch of earth bathed in sunlight. A break in the canopy allowed a brief window of late afternoon light to hit the spot. When I moved closer to investigate, I noticed three bright orange “dots” growing on a wet rotting log. Each dot was ringed with delicate hair-like structures. The largest of these dots was around a quarter inch in diameter. This was something I had never seen before. Success!
After further examination of the nearby area, I was unable to find any other specimens. Even though they are small, the eyelash cup fungi are easy to spot due to their bright coloration. If there are more in the area, I will find them.