Thursday, February 02, 2012

A little color amidst the browns

Shelf fungus
I found this really cool shelf fungus on one of my wanderings this week. I imagine someone else removed it from its host tree and then left it. I suppose it’s possible it fell off on its own, as a couple of nearby trees could have served as a host, though I suspect not. Fungi tend to hold on pretty tight and can damage a living tree. It’s even possible the fungus was deliberately removed it to try and save the host tree from further damage. Or, it might have been on a tree cut for firewood. It’s impossible to say.

I think fungi are always fun to look at. They are easier to see in winter because they aren’t hidden by greenery and summer growth. And in a dull brown winter like this one, something that is bright orange is always a treat. This one was a good 7-8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide. It looked fresh, too. Shelf fungus are common here (and probably elsewhere, too) but this one was larger than most.


Woodswalker said...

Nice to find a spot of color in this unsnowy winter, like a long long November. By the way, removing a fungus from a tree will not save it, since the visible growth is simply the fruit of the invisible mycorrhizal threads that infest the rotting wood already.

jeannette said...

Oh that's beautiful, Carolyn!

Carolyn H said...

WW: There's no denying that this is a very weird winter. I didn't know that a fungus had already done its wor, even if it is removed. Thanks for that!

Carolyn H said...

Jeannette: Thanks!