Tag Archives: Fungi

Stopping for Mushrooms

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While cycling, I try to keep a brisk pace. Although I enjoy the scenery, I seldom stop to look around. But on a ride last week I was compelled to get off my bike a take some pictures. I was … Continue reading

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A Fungal Oddity

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Decomposition is a quiet and mostly hidden process. Those organisms involved in the business of decomposing generally tend to their job without a lot of fanfare. And yet these ecological heroes play an important role in the natural cycle of … Continue reading

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Red Cup Fungi – Where did they come from?

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I often post new things I discover in the one acre wooded area behind my house. And I am constantly amazed by what presents itself in the small place I have explored so many times before. When I think back … Continue reading

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Another Look at Bird’s Nest Fungi

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It always fascinates me to see how many creative ways different organisms have found to not only survive, but flourish. Some do this using clever schemes to extend their range. Although many fungi live within narrow environmental parameters, their spore … Continue reading

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A Fungus Mystery Unraveled…Kind of

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I found some interesting fungi in my back yard a couple months ago. They were growing on the branch of an alder that came down in a storm last year. I took some photos and was eager to do a … Continue reading

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Frozen Willow Jellies

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I found these ice encrusted Willow Jelly Fungi in my back yard this morning. The fact that they were frozen is of little importance except that they made an interesting subject for my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 camera. Yes, I … Continue reading

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Red-Belted Bracket Fungi

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2012 CAMP SERIES: SECTION 4 Many bracket fungi form roughly semicircular shelves called “conks” on dead or living trees. I believe the pictured specimens are red-belted (or banded) polypore, though I am by no means an authority on shelf fungi. … Continue reading

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Freckle Pelt Lichens

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It has been a while since I have posted about lichens. I found this patch in the early morning of the fifth of July in an area around Summit Lake in Olympia, Washington. Freckle Pelt Lichen (Peltigera britannica), also known … Continue reading

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Willow Jelly Fungi

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A couple days ago, while wandering along the edge of the woods in my back yard, I came across some jellies growing on dead branches of willow trees. These fungi did not appear on any of the other trees in … Continue reading

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Orange Jelly Fungus

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Whether you see this as gorgeous or disgusting, it certainly makes you take notice. This is an orange jelly fungus, most likely, Dacrymyces palmatus. The pictured specimen was photographed 11-1-11 and was about eight inches across.

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