Well what do you know, I found and identified a perennial fungus. I didn’t realize that fungus could be perennial. But then I don’t know squat about mushrooms and fungi although just looking at some of the Pore and Shelf Fungi should have clued me in. For example looking at this specimen you can see the ‘growth rings’ from previous years. The red belt is this years growth which will later turn dull brown as growth resumes next year.
The Red Belt Fungus usually grows on dead coniferous trees but it can also be found on deciduous and even live trees. They can be found from Alaska to Mexico but are more common in the north. I saw no mention of them being poisonous but they are listed as being inedible since they’re so woody.
There’s something about the photo that reminds me of something else. I’ve attempted a couple of approaches to dig out what’s on my mind but I’ve only managed to get ear wax and boogers so far. I want to say it looks like a snail but that doesn’t sound quite right and still leaves me trying to think what I’m reminded of.
Anyhoo while out and about I came upon another scene that looked odd. Walking through a brushy area I spotted a hovering object.
It was a very gray day which made that apple stand out all the more for being the only thing in sight with any color. It was the only apple left. All the others had dropped to the ground and were eaten by the deer. I walked by without disturbing it. It made me happy knowing that it must be driving the deer nuts being just out of their reach.
One last photo of another surprise. I spied a fluttering in the air and found a moth. The reason I was surprised was the fact that during the previous few nights the temperatures had dropped down to 10 F. and the days didn’t warm up to much more than freezing.
Photos taken on Nov 24, 2008
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