Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fungus Before The Cold

     It's turned cold here in Indianapolis; last week, it went from high-eighties to mid-fifties in a single day and it has stayed chilly.  Overnights have been flirting with frost and may have reached it last night.

     Before the sudden turn, the heat and moisture had allowed plenty of fungus to flourish in the yard, mostly puffballs and toadstools.  Over a week ago, coming back from taking the trash out, I saw a kind we hadn't had before:
     Shelf or bracket fungus.  Possibly "Artist's Conk," though I hope not, since that kind definitely does the tree no good.  This is on our oak tree -- "our" in this case including a neighbor, since the tree is right on the property line.  It does make for a nice early-Fall scene.

2 comments:

Rob K said...

They look like pancakes embedded in the wood.

John said...

What Rob K said.
I'm going to keep my eye out for French Toast fungus and Belgian Waffle fungus.
I'm also sure that both of those would sound way more impressive in Latin, but the online English to Latin translator produced some very strange words.

Very nice photo.