I'm going back to February 4th (when the ground was frozen solid and the light was dim) because I don't want to miss showing you the fungi I saw in the woods -
|This is the fungus we met first a couple of weeks ago in the post|
'I'm a Tree Follower - What About You?'
by a river where there are a lot of fallen and felled trees. In these pictures, they are yew and sycamore.
I won't pretend to know anything about them, just put them here for you to see - though if anyone would like to suggest what they are - that WOULD be interesting!
It's forever striking me how interest shifts as one gets closer to things. It's almost as if they become something else completely.
A few years ago, I decided there was no reason why I shouldn't name fungi in my own way - devise new names. That way, I wouldn't run the risk of misleading anyone, of saying things are what they are not - and I named one after pasta shells. As part of the Blogger setup, you can see what words people have typed into a search engine to land up here, on Loose and Leafy. It's surprising how often people are looking for 'Fungi which look like pasta'! This one, I now name 'Mutton Pie'.
Though when you look at its underside . . .
Part of the underside of 'Mutton Pie' fungus.
There were quite a few like this (about six inches across) on the logs in the picture above. I don't like them much - though they are interesting. The top-side texture is strange. (They were growing flush with the bark so I couldn't see their underneaths.) They seem to have dragons' scales growing through them.
I'm not sure if the green is an intrinsic part of the organism or a mould that sets in or .. . what! (Remember the picture above is enlarged from about two square inches.)
Further along the track, growing from the remains of a tree which still has its roots in the ground was this.
These are quite big. I call them 'Uplighters'.
The Mutton Pies were growing on wood which was beginning to flake away. So was the one with dinosaur's scales. The Uplighters are on a tree that still has life in its roots, with what seem to be suckers growing out from them. The fungi below are growing on wood that has been left in place long enough after felling for moss to grow over the bark - but they are not flaking away and keep their shape.
This is what they look like close to.
I haven't got a name for them yet. Have you?
This is the elderberry tree I am following.
February 19th 2012.
When I set out to take the picture, there was sunshine.
No sooner had I shut the door behind me than
evening fell and the light failed.
Still - enough was left to see by!
Here's an update on other people who are 'following' trees.
Posts marked in bold are ones which have been published since
the last Loose and Leafy post on
February 11th 2012.
Moongazy Girl - is also following a Horse Chestnut
- click HERE for her first tree-following post.
(And if you'd like to know why her Horse Chestnut is male -
you'll need to read her second post HERE!)
- a magnificent plane at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
Tree Care Tips - Where 'Forest Keeper' is following
a Horse Chestnut. (Aesculus hippocastanum)
will be following this year at On the Edge Gardening.
- Lime (Tilia x europaea) and Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica “Atropurpurea”).
Her second post is now up The Eyes Have It!
Hyde Daily Photo - The Tree Un-named - Two Posts . . .
(with the middle HERE!)
The Wilder Gardener is following an Ash in his garden
- he introduces it in a post called 'Hedging My Bets'.
Let me know if you would like your blog added to the list
- either by leaving a note in comments
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ditto, let me know whenever you post about ‘your tree’
and I'll put an updated link to it here.
If your tree is not here
- or you are not here and should be
- or if your latest post is not here
. . . let me know!
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