Climbing a ridge off the beaten path, I was struck by the glow as the noontime sun backlit an orange jelly fungus growing through a slit in the bark of a dead tree. Seems that no matter how many times we traipse the ancient woods, there is always something new.
Sometimes, the side facing away from the sun presents a better view. These fungi, a rather nondescript white on the top, were quite elaborate underneath. Gazing up the trunk of this tree, the beautiful and distinct rills and curves reminded me of the elaborate scrolls of a Corinthian column capital.
Wandering about looking for something to shoot, these strange shapes in the mulch caught my eye. These fungi look like little hatted octopi. (or with a little stretch of the imagination, bacteriophage-sh or even lunar LEM-ish).
Not completely sure, but these may be earthstar mushrooms. They have an outer layer that pops open, curls under and can jack the fruiting body up, lifting it above the leaf litter.
Fungi are weirdly fascinating in so many ways. Check out this site to see some of this kingdom’s odder oddballs: http://ellerg.blogspot.com/2009/06/mind-blowing-mushrooms-10-unique.html
In late November, a series of rainy, windy cold fronts is stripping the colored foliage from the trees. However, there’s still plenty of color and textures to be found in the Ouachitas (although the argument could be made that the gingko in the photo below is growing out of the West Gulf coastal plain).