Here’s one last Mayapple. Of last year, anyway. These are all from March 2012, however embarrassing that might be (as a blogger).
Do note, you can click on any image to view large. See detail. Marvel.
|Trillium from above. A rare sun-shot from me.|
Below, classic wild ginger.
I read they are pollinated by ants, beetles and flies—wonder if ants and beetles just stumble in, because the flower is on the ground, or if they’re really going for the pollen? And flies supposedly take shelter there.
|Exidia glandulosa, “black jelly.” Whoo!|
I don't know why I didn't slice this open to see what it looked like inside. I do it to other fungi...
Schizophyllum commune, “common split gill.”
Just a nice arrangement on an upright dead tree. Usually
I take pics of the underside,
which can be very beautiful
with swirly folds. I was very honored to have this image included in the excellent book, "Mushrooms of the Midwest,"
by Kuo & Methven.
At first yellow-jelly glance (above) I tried to jump to the conclusion this was witch’s butter, Tremella mesenterica, but it’s not. I have since learned that just because it's yellow and jelly-like doesn't mean it's witch's butter! It’s Guepiniopsis alpina (also known as Heterotextus alpinus, don’t ask me why, I can’t keep up with all the taxonomic changes of fungi). Golden jelly cone, yellow cone jelly, or any other variation of those words will get you there.
Below, the hand of a bee on a bolt on a sign at the trail head.
I don’t know what kind of bee (yet).