Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
That first one is particularly strange looking - I've never seen fungi with grass growing through it!
I know--I thought it was a leaf, until I tried to pick it up. It was anchored to the soil, and you can see it's a fungi from the side. The number and diversity of fungi fascinate me. It seems like there's always a new one to discover!
I adore looking at fungi in fall and with the warmer temps we have more time to do so!! You have some beauties there. And some great gift ideas....
Me, too. I thought the first one was a leaf and the second one animal parts -- until I looked closer. I actually accidentally stepped on the one that's smashed. Kind of freaked out thinking it was a partially eaten animal until I realized it was a fungus. Wild.
So many fascinating forms, Beth! I haven't seen any here; I guess it's time I go looking before all this rain turns to snow. Tnank you for well wishes with my mom, too. :-)
Yes, there are so many life forms living in our world in every season. You're right--most years, it would either be uncomfortably cold or snowy this time of year. So we'd be less likely to notice these things. I'm always excited to find new fungi.
very fascinating and mysterious. I am definitely a bit of a fungi-holic so adore this post.
Me, too. Glad you enjoyed it. I thought the first one was a leaf, and the second one animal body parts -- until I looked closer. Fun finds. :)
Reminds me that I saw some and wanted to get out with my camera and forgot.....
I know, I was planning to hunt more, too, but busy holiday stuff and rain kept me inside. Fungi are so fascinating, aren't they?!
The fungi world is fascinating! I once thought all mushrooms looked more or less alike. I am learning how wrong I was!
I wish I could identify them. I admit, I only know a few by sight. That's why I don't eat the ones I find (well, I do eat Morels, but they're easy to ID). So fun to find, though--especially ones I've never seen before.
Are you sure they aren't alien life forms?
Ha! That's what I thought about the pink ones, until I realized they were mushrooms. I actually thought maybe a hawk had eaten an animal in the spot, and that the mushrooms were entrails. But I had stepped on one by accident, and then it was apparent it was a mushroom.
Fungi are always fascinating and fantastic to photograph, but these look really .... different!
Yes, agreed! I thought the pink ones were animal entrails when I first chanced upon them--until I looked closer. I don't recall seeing these before. Fun to discover.
Great shots, Beth. That last one is so...fleshy looking. I've also had some fungi in my gardens recently, but of a more typical "mushroom" form.
Thanks, Tina. I actually used my iPhone, which worked OK. Yes, I thought the pink ones were animal parts--partially eaten by a predator--until I looked closer. It's such fun to discover new fungi. Regular, more common ones are fascinating, too.
That is indeed some funky fungi. I can honestly say I have not seen anything like that, but I haven't had time to go walking lately -- but then, I seem to be doing plenty of that at work these days.
Funky fungi--that's a good way to put it! That would have been a better title! I need to walk more. I don't get enough exercise during the winter--I don't like to go out in the cold. I'm a wimp.
As always, really terrific photos! This is happening here as well, hellebores in full bloom, daffs making their way up in the mud. But these fungi are fascinating--I know very little about them...almost afraid to turn my back on some of them-:)
Thanks, Susie. Sometimes the iPhone works OK for these purposes. LOL--afraid to turn your back. In a silly way, I understand what you mean. ;-)
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