One of the great things about being a mycology lover and living in a temperate rainforest is that any time of year I can go for a short walk in the woods and find representatives of the fungus kingdom! I am always most excited if I can find something I know is edible or medicinal, but that doesn't keep me from being interested and attentive with all the other discoveries along the way.
The log full of resinous polypore was very pleasing to the eye from every angle. While I do not know a specific use for this one (yet), no polypore is poisonous and they often have medicinal and edible value. Initial information tells me that this is going to be a great find, but still more research is needed since I don't take anything until I am 100% sure!
Once again, we can see how different a fungus looks from different angles.
Let's play a fun game. Can you spot the mushroom in this photo?
This particular find was interesting. I am unsure if it is going to grow into a full mushroom of some sort, if it is an abort, or what. It was in a nice dry spot under a rock shelf.
Sometimes finding an abort is exciting. We only just discovered that the aborted entoloma grows under the leaf litter near the creek a few weeks ago. Sometimes called "shrimp of the woods", before they started decaying (which is what you see here, these are at least a month old), the aborts have a pinkish tint under the white. However, through the frost and snow the lifespan on this particular mushroom appears to be fairly lengthy.
One final bright discovery to share this wet and gray Friday here in the southern Appalachians ~