I’ll start with some nice bright colors to get your attention.
This is not lava. It is Pycnoporus cinnabarinus, “cinnabar polypore,” in progress on a dead lichen-covered branch before it emerges into its shelf-like mature form.
Below is another view, the end of the same branch, with some shelving forming.
Above, you can see how it’s infiltrated the wood and turned it this intense bright orange. A small mature fruitbody is lower down.
Below, what you typically see. In the background is the broken branch where I got a special peek at what it does to the interior of dead branches.
Below, the pore surface of the mature shelf. It’s very orange.
And here is the entire underside in all its glory! Let me reiterate for the record that I do not tweak colors! This is the real deal! Put your sunglasses on!
There were a few hikes where I kept seeing these little cream-colored lumps on fallen trees and I couldn’t figure out what they were.
But then I saw everything all at once, and all was revealed!
It’s good ol’ Trametes versicolor, turkey tail! Cream-colored lumps not in the frame, but they were on this log!
Fresh growths of T. versicolor can be very beautiful, rich and velvety in quite a range of colors. I sure hope one day I find out what causes the stripes.
Someone’s skull (they are not using it anymore).
Maybe a fox.
The articulation is separating from weathering. This might be worth your while to click on to view large.
Always a pleasure to find these little orange lovelies. When they’re really fresh, and just after a rain, they are such a juicy translucent orange they remind me of Tang™.
If you find little orange mushrooms, one way you can tell if it’s these is the edge of the gills are orange, while the rest of the gill is much lighter.
Common name is—wait for it—“orange Mycena”!
Another one of those little Lycoperdon pulcherrimums. I love them.
Well, that’s that.