Sunday, November 27, 2011

Red Alder cones, Alnus rubra

These female Alder cones were discovered yesterday after falling onto a bed of moss. The cones are sometimes used by aquarists to lower water pH.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pixie Cups, Cladonia fimbriata

About 15 years ago I arranged some rocks to line the perimeter of a turn-around on our driveway. At the time, I had no idea that I was creating ideal habitat for Pixie Cup lichens. This photo shows the results of many years of slow but steady growth.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Purple Jelly Drops, Ascocoryne sarcoides

While tromping through the woods today, a fallen Alder branch blocked my path and these tiny fungi were right at eye level. The largest one is only about 1/4" long.