Hello everyone! How are you all doing today? I hope everyone is feeling well and having a good day. It is a beautiful, sunny day here, but still cold. Winter continues to hold on but even so the snow does melt some days. The hillside across the street is snow free now, just nice ground showing all covered with leaves. We have been enjoying a super moon here and it was full last night, though I couldn’t tell any difference from Sunday night. This one goes by different names, in Europe often called the Lenten moon. Over here the name I like best is Crow moon. This is typically when the crows return from the south and sure enough many crows did return last Saturday. However, we do have a lot of crows that stay the winter now, making it harder all the time to tell when the spring crows actually return. Oh well.
Anyway, let’s continue our look at last year’s mushrooms as art in nature…
Here we have a common mushroom called a “resinous polypore”. They normally grow near the base of dead, decaying trees. Very soft and fleshy when young, gets harder as it ages. Not the best for eating.
This one is called “dye polypore” and is a real pathogen for older coniferous trees, especially white pine. It grows often on the trunk of the tree near the ground causing it to rot. I would suggest it would be best not to eat it.
Well, there is our art in nature for today, I hope you have enjoyed another look at some of our wild mushrooms. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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