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Nature in it's glory

Nature in it's glory

Feb 16, 2013

Fascinating Fungi

I love watching birds and wildlife, but I also like to explore nature.  It was one of my main pastimes as a child, one I rediscovered a few years ago.  Nature never disappoints, there is always something new and delightful to discover.  Take the many different species of fungi for example, they can be found no matter the season it seems.

Before I go on with photos and descriptions, here is a definition of the word fungi:   Fungi (fŭn'jī), kingdom of heterotrophic single-celled, multinucleated, or multicellular organisms, including yeasts, molds, and mushrooms

A floral cluster
 Mostly they grow on the ground, beneath weeds and trees, or hidden by tall grasses.

Little red caps
Some bloom on fallen logs, these come in various colors and shapes.  The one in the above photo looks like a little red cap.  The one below looks more like coral from beneath the ocean.

mimicking coral
Some looks like foam, that seems to bubble up from beneath the surface of the wood.

Beneath the snow
I have seen fungi growing on the branches of live trees, or on the trunk in a cascade of growth.  I have seen it at the top of a tree stump in a sheet of white, much like a blanket of snow, only to run off the side where it formed small, fragile white shelves.

There are of course the regular mushroom shapes as well as puffballs, and many others I'm sure.  Some fungi are edible, some are poisonous and some are even medicinal in nature.  Many more are nature's recycling agents.

Faery steps
My very favorite fungi is shown above, the ones that I call faery steps, and grow shelf like along the trunk of both live and dead standing trees.



  1. I enjoy fungi too! Great post Susan.

  2. Enjoyed your write up about fungi. I taught 7th grade. One day some one asked me the difference between fungus and fungi. I explained it this way: "If each one of you are a fungus, that all of you together would be fungi!" One of them said - "oh singular versus plural" - and none of them thought about the fact their teacher just referred to all of them as fungi.

    1. Thank you Wendy for your comment and for sharing your teaching story:)