It's that time of year again. It rains several times every week; one of these days, the rain will turn to snow. The lawn and the car windows are white with frost in the mornings, but it melts as soon as the sun hits it. Or the rain starts again; whichever comes first.
It's mushroom season! Wherever I go, I find them this week.
On the Elk Falls trail, I found these coral mushrooms:
|Clavulina cristata, the crested coral mushroom. With alder leaf for size comparison.|
There were several clumps of these. Its branch tips are often split, "crested".
|This one, a little to the side of the larger ones clearly shows the crested tips.|
|A smaller one, peeking out from under ferns.|
And a bit further up the trail, there were orange ones:
|This one is the yellow tuning fork, Calocera viscosa. Again, the shape of the tips identifies it.|
|The tips split into two, sometimes repeatedly.|