The good stuff just keeps coming at this time of year! These pictures are from the hike on Saturday, but I took a video today that I've been trying to get since I have had a digital camera. And it came out really well! So I'll have that for tomorrow. I'm also really excited about something that is going to occur tomorrow evening. A lady who knows frog voices well enough that she is an observer for the state frog surveys was on the Saturday hike, and taught us to recognize the chorus frog. It is the one that sounds like you are running a thumbnail over the teeth of a comb.
She is taking me with her to Sterling Marsh tomorrow evening, and we are going to listen to frogs. I am going to try to capture some of the sounds. I can recognize several kinds, but not nearly enough.
Now for the brown fungi. Oh, you expected brown clowns? Nope.
This odd looking thing is called calf brain mushroom. It does have a stalk, but I didn't do a good job of picturing that. It's actually a false morel. At this time of year people are starting to look seriously for the true morels, a mushroom that is highly popular to eat. It's easy to identify so people don't make fatal mistakes with it, which helps its popularity too. You don't want to eat this one though.
This one was spectacular! It's hemlock polypore or hemlock varnish shelf, Ganoderma tsugae. It will grow on other trees, but definitely is most likely found on decaying conifers, with a special fondness for hemlock. That's what it's growing on here. Here is the underside of another one of the "shelves". Yes, it's called a shelf fungus.
I know, that's not so interesting, but you can see that it doesn't have gills. That is one of the characteristics of the polypores. Instead of gills they have many pores... polypores.
|See The Power of Nature for another polypore |
See Details, Details for an inky cap fungus