Saturday, October 24, 2009

Here Comes the Sun!

Today was a day for fungi... there were big ones...
and little ones...
ones that grow on trees...
and ones that have a special relationship with an algae.
By the way, fellow nature nerds... you remember the mnemonic "Freddy Fungi took a lichen to Alice Algae" to remember that a lichen is a symbiosis between a fungus and an algae? That phrase doesn't work the way it used to, because most kids, even older ones, don't seem to know the phrase "took a liking to." So they don't really get the pun.

Another discovery I made today is this wet, soggy, bone-filled owl pellet.
And why was it so wet and soggy, you ask? Because it had just gone experienced about 60 straight hours of rain. The picture below isn't spectacular in any way, but it is the first blue sky I had seen since Wednesday, so it was a welcome sight. When the sky first brightened, I was looking away from the sun, and all the bright yellow maples appeared to be glowing for just a second. Like the sun's appearance was magic.

(After this first blue sky sighting, we went on to have a sunny, but chilly, afternoon.)


  1. Cool fungi photos! THe owl pellet, kind of gross , in a cool way though. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I saw some interesting fungi when we were at Rock Cut State Park over in to come later.. :)