Status report: Temperature at 10 PM, 17° and dropping. Thunderstorm in the offing. The day was 14 hours and 40 minutes long. I stood outside in the night, looking at the sky. There was a patchy cloud cover, and no stars were visible. Even in the day, there was no visible smoke: there are forest fires near Buttle Lake, out of control for now, but small; lightning strikes.
And we're halfway through August. This summer is on the downslope, and it has been a mild one, at least here at mid-island.
But I'm looking forward to the fall rains, the gulls wheeling joyfully overhead, the smell of falling leaves, the mushrooms springing up in the woods, on the museum lawn.
For now, here are a few summer mushrooms.
|Polypores in the shelter of a crumbling stump.|
|On the museum lawn. Some 6 inches across. As usual, I paged through the mushroom guide, without being able to give a name to this.|
|On a rotten log beside the river. Very orange, slightly dampish to the touch even on a hot, dry day. I couldn't get underneath to see the gills or pores. About 3 inches.|
- Dos poliporos chicos escondidos dentro de un troncón desbaratado.
- Un hongo en el prado del museo. Mide unos 15 cm. de diámetro. Como siempre, busqué en mi guia de hongos, pero esta vez sin poderlo identificar.
- Al lado del rio, en un tronco caído, bien podrido. Muy anaranjado, algo húmedo aunque el dia era caluroso y seco. No pude llegar a verlo desde abajo para ver si tenia poros o agallas. Mide unos 7 u 8 cm.