Thursday, November 24, 2022

And there were 'shrooms

I've been disappointed this fall in my searches for mushrooms. But in this alder wood, when I was not looking for them, there they were. Small to teeny, and only two species, but there they were in abundance.

Almost pure white with a faint piecrust edge and pale brown stalks.

These white mushrooms were everywhere. The ones in this photo were the largest, maybe 1 cm. across. The others? Too small to identify, usually too small even to get down to their level. Look:

Pinhead mushroom, stretching up through the moss.

And there were turkey tails or their look-alikes:

Chilled and exposing their undersides on a fallen tree.

They sprouted out of the trunk from top to bottom (now end to end).

This tree still stands. And the mushrooms are more the usual colour.

And a cluster of moss, for good measure.

And I'm not done yet with that walk through the alder woods. More tomorrow.


Este otoño no he encontrado los hongos que siempre espero ver. Pero finalmente, en este bosque de alisos, cuando no los buscaba, ahí estaban. Pequeñitos a miniaturos, y de solo dos especies, pero ahi estaban, y en abundancia.


  1. Estos hongos blancos (con un leve baño de color crema claro), con los bordes ondulados y los tallos lisos y color café, pero con todo eso demasiado pequeños para identificarlos, estaban en todas partes. Estos, de la foto, eran los más grandes que vi, a hasta 1 cm. de diámetro.
  2. La mayoría eran del tamaño de este honguito; un hongo como la cabeza de un alfiler.
  3. Estos, los llamados "cola de guajolote" o "cola de pavo", Trametes versicolor, llenaban el tronco de un arbolito caído.
  4. Desde la raiz hasta la corona.
  5. En un aliso vivo, tienen el color más acostumbrado.
  6. Y una ramita de musgos creciendo en un aliso.
Y sigo con este bosquecito de alisos, con más fotos mañana.

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