Monday, October 06, 2008

Fabulous, fascinating fungi

Yes, I know. I am stuck taking photos of fungi lately. With all our rain I have to take advantage of seeking them out while they are fresh and new. I can’t help it, I find them fascinating. And so many different varieties. Take a look. (Letty, I promise—no slugs!) When possible I have added their names (no, I didn’t make them up even with some you would think so). Some of them I found just in our own woods in our yard, while other were found in the woods near Green Turtle Pond where I frequently take walks.

These were fresh and new the day after the rain. I haven’t identified them yet.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Crowded Parchment. The first one is older; the second photo shows what it looks like when it first blooms.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Mossy Maple Polypore

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Let’s look a little closer at this one. Doesn’t this little one remind you of the creature in Alien?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Looking like some kind of exotic coral formation is Radiating Phlebia.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I don’t have name for this one but I loved how it just kept stacking up on itself. It might be Violet-Toothed Polypore (see second photo). Notice the purplish cast?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Not identified.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey



Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Unidentified, but I love the grayish-blue colors!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Turkey Tails! (for obvious reasons)

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Orange Jelly. Please don’t spread this on toast!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Thin Maze Flat Polypore.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Birch Polypore; second photo is how it looks from the bottom.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

This one has the unfortunate name of Wolf’s Milk Slime. ewww ...

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

What did you think? Did you find them fascinating or ugly? I think most people don’t even notice them. If you live in a moist environment where you get quite a bit of rain, why not look around and see if you can find some? Pick a day after you’ve gotten some really good moisture and go hunting!

All these are inedible, so please don’t try to eat any of them. I know, I know—you are all thinking to yourselves as if I would eat anything that looked like that ...

Stay tuned for my next post on some very edible and delicious fungi!


Pretty cool—I’m always finding weird colored and shaped mushrooms, but never take the time to find the names. Nice job being informative.  The pink bubble gum (Wolf’s Milk Slime) and the bottom of the Birch Polypore look really cool—I wanna know what’s inside the pink ones.
Oh and I like your mutated fungus frog from the Alien movie.

Those are very interesting.  On occasion, we will see some on the north side of a tree on a hike.  Mostly we see mushrooms.  The Guy loves to take photos of those!

fabulous and fascinating!

i love the swirly grey-blue one and the polyphore is quite alienesque. Very strange

Pink bubble gum, yes Luke, it does look like someone stuck their chewed wad of gum on the tree trunk. I’ll show you where the pink ones are if you really want to cut into one. Slime is inside I’m guessing…

Becky, Lots of shrooms in CO at the right time and right elevations!

Letty, Thanks… I love that one too. And yes, love the word “alienesque.”

Shrooms are really cool - almost otherworldly aren’t they? Unfortunately the fungi growing out of the trunks of trees will eventually kill the tree. Ah nature ... it is what it is.

Have you “talked” to your parents? Maybe not in the dreams but when sitting quietly? they might have something for you, some advice, wisdom, or messages of love.

Happy fall!

Oh hooray, hooray, another fungus fiend!You should have seen me a few hours ago, on my knees in a field, nose practically in the wet grass, taking close ups of a sweet little clump of mushrooms - very inelegant it must have looked!You have many different types to us - the birch polypore I recognise, or razor strop as it is commonly called, and also various bracket fungi. I don’t know of the chicken mushroom/sulphur shelf - we have something called sulphur tuft, which is poisonous (sour yellow with a red stain on each cap)and there is a one I’ve heard of called ‘chicken of the woods’, but never found. I just love taking pics of them, edible or not; I am so glad we met! (I have a picture of a ‘ripe’ stinkhorn, we returned to the same spot and it was in full bloom, looking quite outrageous, I will post it on my blog for you.
I am off to look at your bear diary now - heartily jealous - why haven’t WE got bears?

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