A little rain in California..

We finally, after a long dry year, had some rain!! For me rain means mushrooms! I am a total mycology freak. I have always love mold and fungus, it fascinates my soul. So here you go some Cali Mushrooms!

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

A season for mushroom love.

A season for mushroom love.

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have nothing but wonderful-ness to come!

Photo Friday – Birds Nest Fungi!

Birds Nest Fungi

It’s no secret that I have had a life long obsession with fungi.  I dig mold, lichen and Mushrooms! I am completely fascinated on all levels. So I was so excited when I found this Bird Nest Mushroom in Oklahoma last spring. I have always wanted to find this kind but they are so tiny! They are only about 1/4 inch in diameter.

We were out walking with the neighbor’s dog when she lead us down the street to a neighbor’s pond. I was looking for mushrooms but not that kind. It was fate, I dropped something and when I picked it up I noticed the Birds Nest Fungi right next to it! I took some home and experimented. I watered it everyday and it actually grew! It was fun!

birds nest fungi

The little “nests” or fruiting body holds the little “eggs” which are spore filled.  The nests are called “peridia” (“peridium” in the singular), they work like splash cups, raindrops fall into the nest, then the eggs (called “periodoles”) are thrown into the air, where they latch onto twigs, branches, leaves, and then continue to grow.


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