The Bug Geek

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Friday Fungi

I’m increasingly amazed by the diversity of fungi I find on my walks, and sometimes even more so by their choice of habitats.  These tiny delicate gems, for example, were cozily nestled with dozens of others beneath the bark of a dead tree, in a gap that couldn’t have been wider than 5 milimeters or so.   The longest of these is only about 3mm long; their “heads” must have been butting right up against the bark.

Itsy-bitsy fungi

Not 20 meters away, on the other end of the growth charts and in a different environment altogether, I found these gorgeous Polypores:

Large Polypore fungi

Bathing in the soft glow of mid-morning light, the colourful caps on these mushrooms were rugged and dense and longer than my hand.

Underside of Polypores

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4 responses to “Friday Fungi

  1. christielanning March 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Your pictures are fantastic!

  2. jason March 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    I’m especially intrigued by the tiny little growths. What a good find. And fantastic photos of them! (I really need to get a macro lens…)

    • TGIQ March 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

      My little macro is a lot of fun to work with, and it was very economical, as far as macros go…I was limited pretty much exclusively to the lens that I have, as I’m just using a point-and-shoot Canon Powershot, and can’t interchange lenses…mine is just a little wee clip-on, but it does the job nicely until I feel ready to “graduate” to the big guns of proper macro equipment. 🙂

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