and a free sunset.
One of my nifty finds on yesterday's hike was a lovely pale orange fungus. As we know, identifying a fungus can be ridiculously impossible. But I think I've got this one. It seems to be called Nestcap, Phyllotopsis nidulans.
The description says small, dry, orange, fan-shaped clusters growing on dead coniferous or deciduous wood. Check.
Late fall to winter. Most numerous in Great Lakes and east. Check, check.
Semi-circular and convex. Attached at one side without a stalk. Gills broadly attached. Check. Check. Check.
Becomes fan shaped as it ages, retaining incurved margin. Check.
No check on these items: Flesh is two colored and bruises when cut. Whitish hairs on the upper surface (does snow count?). Smells bad (who would have thought to check?) Spores elliptic (I haven't yet gotten that serious about fungus.)
The only other contender is a really close relative, Phyllotopsis subnidulans, which has a different shaped spore.
Wasn't that fun?
And, I always feel like it's just too easy to show you a sunset, but this one was too gorgeous to pass up. Today. From my porch.
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