I only set out to find the varieties mentioned in Donald Stokes’ A Guide to Nature in Winter. I found most of those. And now I keep finding more! Yesterday, I spent most of the daylight hours in Chautauqua Gorge. While my eye was drawn by many things, most of my photos were of fungi… again…
This one is called “Witch’s Butter.” It is a jelly fungus, which is strange because even though it looks gelatinous, it is hard to the touch. I was really excited when I found some at Audubon a few days ago because I had never seen it before. (Or at least, never noticed it before…) At the gorge, it was everywhere!
One of my favorite finds was a Tinder Polypore pair. I had reported in a previous post that because the bracket fungi orient themselves according to gravity, you can sometimes find individuals that are positioned at right angles to one another. One appeared when the tree was upright, the other after the tree fell. Well, I found one! And here it is:
I’m just so fascinated at the wide variety of fungi you can find… IN WINTER! Why did I never notice it before?
Tomorrow, I’ll post some of the amazing ice pictures I took. (And I only got a little damp taking them… )
P.S. Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve Celebration!