Vacation Photos I: Fungi

I spent my vacation in the northeast Appalachian Mountains visiting family and friends that we haven’t been with during the pandemic. No matter where I visit, I can always find interesting nature to photograph. This post highlights the fungi that caught my eye. Sorry, I haven’t researched the fungi names.

The shelf fungus is working on a tree stump. The colors are always so pretty on these.

This fungus called for a second look. The color and shape definitely looked like something else, but upon closer examination (yup, I did get down to take a good look and it didn’t smell) I concluded it was fungus.

An interesting white fungus was a tasty treat for crawling and flying creatures.

15 Comments on “Vacation Photos I: Fungi”

  1. Mother Nature does have her way with colorful magic. We should all be so creative in our cleaning.

  2. I can help… The first is a Turkey-Tail Trametes versicolor. There are a couple of other similar. The second is Dead Man’s Fingers-Xylaria polymorpha. The third I am not sure of and looks like it has been made a meal of by the slugs. The cap is probably gone and we are seeing the gills which makes an ID difficult.

    Fungi are actually not plants and, according to what I have read, more closely related to animals like us. Who’d a thunk it? 🙂 They are however close buddies as their “root” system called mycelium play a role in plants receiving minerals that the fungi break down and exchange for nutrients the plants create. There are miles and miles of fungal strands in a square yard of soil…if it’s healthy.

    • I thought someone might know. Dead Man’s Fingers is even worst than what I thought would be a good name. Fungi is truly amazing. I have watched a couple of documentaries on fungi, but really want to study them more.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I think the first is Turkey Tails, the others, who knows? The second sure is interesting-looking!

  4. Wonderful, I photograph fungus as well. It reminds me of coral.

  5. shoreacres says:

    That top one is gorgeous. I know so little about fungi, but the shelf ones really appeal. The second one’s a little odd, and the third is a bit…umm…unappealing. Still, it seems to be quite appealing to the creatures roaming over it.

  6. Tina says:

    Lovely shots and they’re such interesting and variable plants. I hope you had a wonderful vacation!

  7. Deb says:

    Great photos! Never know slugs ate fungi.

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