Fungus Amongst Us


Lavender scallops
Fungus many layers deep
Gift on walking trail.

This inspiring surprise of nature was found on a path along the Black Earth Creek, a trout stream near Madison, Wisconsin. ( A magnificent stream!) Taken just before sunset on October 21, 2007. I’ve misplaced my fungus ID book, so if anyone knows the name of this lovely guy, please share.

Addendum: Mark tells me these are turkey tail fungi. Very well-named.

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  1. Barbara,
    I always refer to these as turkey tails. But they are definitely from the polypore fungus group. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment.

  2. Thanks for the ID, Mark. I still haven’t found my ID book, so it’s a trip to the book store for me. Any reason to go is a good reason.

  3. Scott Smith says:

    Great texture and color. Nice find.

  4. Good shot. I think the texture makes a great composition. It is actually stirring to me. A good theme for this time of year too. I would never have thought of it as a subject. Thank you.

  5. Scott and Sandra, Thanks for the comments. I loved the texture, too. When I poked at it, it was fuzzy and spongy.

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