This year's crop brings new doubts.
|Could be common split gills.|
|Close up for peaky "meringue" texture. They feel dry and leathery.|
|The underside, with flash, showing the pinkish gills, many forked, or "split".|
They're so distinctive that they should be easy to id. But here are the 2009 crop:
|Same texture, same colour, another driftwood log on the same beach.|
Another batch on this log was shaped more like the usual ones.
|And the year before; more like this year's. But ...|
|The gills were very different.|
All very frustrating. Or fascinating. Or both.
(And there's another photo; Laurie caught me, elbows and knees in the sand, rear prominent, nose to the log end, red collection bag at my side, and a tipsy yellow and green garbage can looming over me. Ah, the indelicate poses my passion for small things forces me into! And no, I'm not posting the photo.)