I cannot recall ever finding these wild fungi before. They are growing in 'gregarious' groups and solo on this ancient dying box elder tree in the Buckthorn forest.
Though we know that box elders never really die, they just send out new shoots.
I couldn't help myself since I seem to always have a little something extra in my pockets.
I believe the proper scientific name for these are: leucopholiota decorosa. I have not found a common name for them yet.
Here is a look at what a slightly older bunch looks like:
I am so fascinated by them that I keep going back to look at them. Thank goodness, they are a short walk from the house.
A bit further down the hill I found this unidentified fungi. Looks like a Slug Love Fest going on...
I found an Artist Conk also known as a shelf polypore.
Each year I bring one home and do this:
I'm not very good at drawing with sticks. I let it dry and then bring it indoors for my fall display on a little table. It feels nice and woodsy. I know, I'm a bit odd.
Oh! And on my way back from the woods I found very fresh Chicken of the Woods. So I picked just a little and cooked it up for us to taste.
We lived. I may pick some more and cook them up to go with our burgers tonight.
I couldn't resist this one either. For a long time I wanted to try this with a tiny figure and even tinier tea cup.
This is my 'creative' play. It was so hard to place that cup in a saucer and balance it on that tiny fungi. It was fun trying to find a perfect spot for the little squirrel too. I must have tried about 10 angles and different spots to shoot from.
With this tiny tea set, I got tiny plates and silverware. I have to place the silverware with tweezers because my fumbly fingers won't work with such tiny items.
The 'table' is a piece of pine bark. I just made those 'shrooms out of Magic Model clay stuff. Behind them are the twigs that are now painted and have funky moss glued to them.
Rich walks by my little thing and shakes his head then pats me on the head.
More on that at another time.
In the meantime...enjoy fall and enjoy looking at the forest floor as well as the fall foliage.