I finally made it out to Skidaway today, and what a day it was. This trip followed a morning of wonderous insight and proposed opportunities. Super inspired; and of course Skidaway only added to this.
While in Wy all summer, because the climate is so dry there, I wasn't presented with many a mushroom. (Except on my last hike in Death Canyon...which I'll get around to posting something from that great day...one day).
It was overcast and misty, the sky could have fallen on my at any moment, but I was headed in anyway. It was nice because everything was damp from the earlier rain...which means everything was much more vibrant. Everything looks better when it's wet. So,I walked into the woods and was SLAPPED in the face with the smell of sour (in a good way?) moist salt and FUNGUS. all over!
I took over 150 pictures today...hey it happens...
This was actually taken on my way out. Hey Mother Nature, I'm likeing this Renaissance composition...You know, with the triangle and all. yeah...
Before I get into the glorious world of fungi, I want to post a few other things I experienced today. Mostly just sweet sweet instances. ah :)
Like this. :) mmm I realize the importance of looking UP. Not just forward.
Also, on a side note while I'm thinking about it. The scariest thing ever is getting overly excited about something over there on that dead tree. So you go close to it to examine it and take a picture and as you start to stand up straight, still amazed, you realize that your HEAD WAS 6 INCHES FROM A SPIDER'S WEB. shit. that sucks. That's happened to me so many times. Then you get fascinated by it and have a spider photo shoot. :)...except I didn't do that today....anyway.
I don't think I'll ever get over this. Towering over me are huge oak trees with their limbs spread open and wide, decked and draped in Spanish Moss. My face bathing in the trickling fragmented sun rays that just touched all over the long hanging moss.
It's like they're playing Ring Around the Rosie...in slow motion.
So I don't know if I fully understand what's going on here. The spider web is holding rain. what?
Why did the boy throw the butter out of the window?
Hello fiber student! I'm interested in you. ;)
Now for the infamous tree bark segment which will seg-way right into the FUNgiiii section YEAH
Oh you'd like to see complementary colors in nature you say? here you go sir. (image NOT manipulated. btw...)
Papa Tree bends, his bark wrinkles. Oh so gracefully.
Check out that color. Just look at her. She's ready for a tea party don't you think? So elegant.
Oh oh OH so much going on! This reminds me of barnacles. Check out that blast of slices framing those baby wrinkles.
I mean..... Sometime's im just overwhelmed by how great something is...that I don't even want to begin to comment or describe it. This is one of those moments. dkfjsdkjf;adsj LOOK AT THAT
Excuse me Sir, You ordered the Fungi Sampler correct?
Now begins the Fuuuuuun. gi. So, I decided that instead of just admiring these great beauties of the world, I should really start to educate myself on what I'm looking at. So I'm attempting to identify what I can with what I have. Here we go.
I'm most certain that These next fellas are trametes versicolor, common name: Turkey Tail.
These guys were EVERYWHERE! They are a type of fungi called polypore. NOW I know what to call them.
They like dead and decomposing trees.
You'd think, or at least I'd think, that to touch they'd feel thin, dry, and flaky. Like a dried leaf. WRONG. They're cold, moist, leathery, and fleshy feeling. Sooooooo good.
I think if they had their own tv show, their theme song would be something along the lines of "We are Family..."
Next on the trail of identifiable fungi is the tyromyces chioneus. I'm not sure what his common name is. But he, too, is a polypore.
I'm not 100% sure he is who I say he is. But it's what I think he is.
I spotted him hanging out all alone, which is what I read these guys like to do.
And the description of this textured crater-ous epidermis sound correctamundo.
Now this next guy.... could easily not be who I say he is. There are a few images online that look similar and some that look completely different. The only way to be sure would be to do a
For the next guys...unfortunately at the moment, I am unable to identify them. But, none the less, they do exist.
A group of yellow gilled mushrooms. :)
A fungus on a fungus.
We'll just call this one Tina Turner.
But on a different note....DO YOU SEE HOW INSANE THIS IS?!?!?!?! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Dear favorite (above), I am silently freaking out. I love you. a lot.
Ball of lichen^