This was a fun find. It's either Pig Ears fungus, or Fireplace Cup. It's dark for the pig ears, but the Fireplace Cup usually grows in burned soil, which this was not.
There was quite a lot of it. This is a sampling.
And the wind had brought down a lot of Oak Apple galls. All the ones we saw were smaller than usual.
I cut one open so Cathy could see inside. The structure is really easy to see when they are this small.
Were you wondering about the little things on my deck? Yup... proud papa mostly perches on a bracket, and mom stays busy.
In other news: I did some editing and odds and ends before hiking. But the 3 hours of sleep I got last night has about run out now.
North Country Trail miles for 2021 is at 317. Cathy is at 42.5
North Country Trail, Manistee County, MI, Hamilton Rd north 2.75 miles and back. Total 5.5 miles
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