There’s fungus among us.
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Last week I decided to shake things up a bit and change my perspective. It began inside, laying on the floor to grab some shots. Then I ventured outside. Thankfully, where we live, my neighbors can’t easily see me acting like a weirdo, although my dog was a little puzzled. Even in the dead of winter, I was able to start enjoying nature through my lens. I found some lively green moss at the base of a tree.
Then my dog, Jake interrupted my bliss, breathed on my lens, and continued on his way.
While I was cleaning the lens, I spotted something quite interesting a few feet away, a colorful fungus living all over a pile of logs on the edge of our property.
I think they’re beautiful.
After a quick search, I learned that they’re called Turkey Tail fungi, because of the colorful spreading flower. Flower you say? Yes, it’s considered a flower that blooms from the main part of the fungus that grows inside of the bark.
What’s amazing is that, a little over a week ago, these were all covered under 7″ of snow and ice, and now they look as if they’ve never been touched.
I crawled over and around the pile, ripping my jeans on some barbed wire in the process, to check out the colorful spread.
This is what I do.
And I do it all to share with you, my peeps.
Crazy growing things, these fungi.
Oranges and greens…
Lovely grays. Whites. Browns.
They remind me of undersea coral. The formations are very similar in a lot of ways.
And to think they’ve been in my yard the whole time, practically right under my nose.
And to think I’d have missed this interesting little field trip (even though I did rip my jeans) if I had stayed inside, and not changed my perspective.
Now that I know they’re out there, it’s kinda fun to imagine (when I’m not laying on the forest floor, ripping my jeans) little gnomes, or whatever creatures hang out with fungi, chilling out with these flowery tails.
What have you discovered lately right under your nose?
I just like you. Your posts are so inspirational!
absolutely beautiful Amy – i’m taking your lead and am going to do my own ‘different perspective’ – wonder what i’ll find in my neck of the wood?
Fun post Amy! It makes me want to get outside and explore!
I so love fungus…great shots. Thanks so much for confusing your pup and sharing them with us 🙂
So fun! I can just imagine little fairies flitting about in the magical forest!
Such beautiful colors and gorgeous photos! I love this post, Amy!
Your pictures are beyond gorgeous… I love how you see the world!! Such beauty in everything!
I love this series and it makes me miss the smell of earth without all the frozen nonsense on top of it. Fresh snow has its own lovely appeal but give it a couple days and I’d much rather be getting up close and personal with all these rich textures and smells. Time to get out to the country for awhile. It may take me a bit to organize that so please be a darling and take a few extra breaths of fresh air for we poor city slogs if you think of it. Also? I can’t help but sing “The Fan Dance” by Sam Phillips when I look at these. Hadn’t thought of that song in almost 10 years. Thanks for that too.
Gaw-jus! Love this photography – as always.
Amy these shots are GORGEOUS!!
Just beautiful, such amazing detail and rich vibrant colors!
Great Pics! Love the color variety. I’d go out and look around except we’re buried under a foot of snow….suppose I could try looking up lol
The pictures are wonderful and show that even in the dead of winter there’s always something alive and new to discover even in your own backyard. Sorry to hear about your jeans. Love to all.
The colors in these are beautiful! Love your post!
Lovely photos! Who knew that fungus could be so pretty?
Only you, Amy, can make fungus look beautiful!
Leave it to you, Amy, to make fungi look beautiful.
Love these photos!!
This is so much fun to read now that I can imagine you saying it, accent and all.
I’ve always been a bit of a mushroom freak; I’m totally appreciating this post. I change my perspective often (little kids pretty much force you to) but I need to remember to bring the camera next time.
I am so happy you shared this beautiful fungi with us. Amazing the things we can find when we take the time to slow down just a bit 😉