Fungus is fascinating, right? I know that secretly, when you are exhausted at night and can’t sleep, it’s because you’re pondering the amazing ubiquity of fungus around the world. And you’re just dying to do a unit study on fungus, but you have no fungus photos. Well, ask no more.
We found these all on a two-mile hike and have been working slowly to identify them. I’ve pasted below the photos. The ones growing OUT of the trees are bracket fungi, and their “rings” indicate their age, just as tree rings do for trees. Most of them would make you very sick– so don’t lick the screen. The ones that look like sponges are in the brain fungus family, and if you look closely at the mushroom-y ones, you can see both the gills and the spores on their undersides.