Friday, February 5, 2010

Fungal Action

Inspired by Curbstone Valley Farm's in-depth look at the "Toothed Jelly Fungus", I decided to take a look around my garden. But I'll go ahead and tell you that I have no idea what species, genus or any other type of classification these individuals fall into. Anybody who can answer that would be my personal hero. For real.

So, up first, we have the "orange splatter fungus":

Next, the "bowl of pebbles" fungus:

Third, the "simple brown" fungus from the front yard:

(Yes, my neighbors think I'm crazy for crawling around on the ground with my camera.)

And finally, my favorite. The "warty in a good way" fungus:

It's really fun to get down on the mushroom level. It opens up a whole new perspective.

8 comments:

Meredith said...

Great shots! "Warty" is definitely my favorite. Those pebbles-in-a-bowl ones are fascinating. Never saw anything like that. But of course, I've never lived on the West Coast. ;)

noel said...

aloha,

there are moments when you want to get down low to the ground and be a kid and re-discover something small and insignificant and find something really beautiful...thanks for sharing this post warts and all.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Thank you for link Jackie! I can partially help on your "bowl of pebbles" fungus...because I'm JEALOUS! I've been looking for birdsnest fungus here all winter, and as yet haven't seen any:

http://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/skey/birdnest.html

My guess would be one of the Cyathus sp. listed there.

The others I'm not sure about, I'll have to do a little sleuthing!

Stefaneener said...

Hey, I have that orange fungus! I have no idea what it is, but it's pretty.

Daphne said...

California yards get fungus? Wonderful photos.

Jackie said...

Hi Meredith, welcome! Yes, the "pebbles-in-a-bowl" were fascinating to me, as well.

Aloha, Noel. I'm glad you can appreciate the low down photos :)

Wow, CVF, I can't believe I made you jealous with my bird's nest fungus! Thanks for inspiring me to go looking for fungal action in the first place.

Stefaneener, I thought I remembered you mentioning the orange fungus. I'm wondering if it's bad for the vegetable beds...it's definitely spreading.

Oh yes, Daphne, we get a lot of fungus in the winter/spring due to all the rain.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Birds' Nest Fungus! If I understand correctly, the "eggs" are tiny little puffballs.

Christine said...

I'm with CVF... so jealous about your Bird's Nest! (Although Bowl of Pebbles is a great name for it, too)