What happens when you are out looking for edible mushrooms? You don’t always find what you seek. However, it pays to keep your eyes open for unusual discoveries. I kept my camera close by and when I was drawn in by the orange glow of these fungi I just had to capture them. It is called Red Tree Brain (Peniophora rufa), also known as Stereum rufum, and Cryptochaete rufa, the species bursts out from bark and fallen limbs and logs.
It was the texture and bright colour that drew me in… and just a little further down the path more orange called to me!
Yellow Fairy Cups (Bisporella citrina) are categorized alongside Slimes, Jellies and Crustlike Fungi in my Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms. It states that these mushrooms grow on decaying wood throughout North America. I have previously discovered these tiny colour bursts in British Columbia.
As the days get cooler and shorter, nature’s colours change foreshadowing fall. I am actively observing how our surroundings adapt. Check back soon as I capture and share these autumnal changes.
Wishing you a day filled with unexpected discoveries and the presence of mind to deeply enjoy them. Best wishes, Anna