Peeps and Blue Velvet

IMG_1469We had a lot of rain this weekend, so I went out today (Tuesday) and saw this beautiful “blue velvet spread”, a crust fungus. Scientific name is Terana caerulea. It was on a fallen branch (either oak or hickory) and I brought a section home. If it lasts, I’ll take it to the Fungi Fest in Asheville, NC Sept 2 to share with my friends. It is a beautiful creation of nature – especially under a stereomicroscope.

IMG_1470When I found the blue velvet I was almost to the top of a steep slope where I had found a L. sulphureus Chicken of the Woods, probably 5 years ago, but it has never shown up again – at least on that.log. Today it appeared, and I swear it looks just like the marshmallow “peeps” that I got at Easter when I was a kid. The cool thing is that when the fungus is this young it not only looks like a peep, it squishes like one. I’ll be back in two days to see how fast it’s growing. (2nd picture is underside of the log)., Hey, it’s a big ridge to climb just to satisfy IMG_1472curiosity, and also, now you know, I never leave a morel behind, but I can leave a peep.

Saw lots of variety today, including uncommon boletes.