Suffering the dryest year I’ve ever witnessed, there was an extreme lack of myco life here in Kansas. Lichens, fungi, mushrooms, mosses and algae thrive only with water here….so with lack of rainfalls and lack of snow…also meant a lack of this sort of life which I personally thrive finding!
With a recent rainfall….followed by very chilly temperatures, I was able to get out before the fungi-loving insects did, and found a few wonderful things that reminded me once again, WHY I LOVE NATURE!
These beautiful lichens were growin on a fallen bit of bark from a nearby tree…with the dry spell and sudden moisture, they swell and caused the bark to flick off the branches above my head. At times, I’d cover my hair with my hood so I didn’t end up looking like some strange wood creature (not that I’d have minded….).
On this particular hike, I was able to collect Oyster mushrooms, Turkey Tail, Tree Ear and some Artist’s Conks….all 4 being edible but the Turkey Tail and Artist’s Conks are great medicinals so was a great pleasure to find all of them.
Photographed in NE Kansas, USA, December 12th, 2012 using my favorite pocket camera in the whole world, my Olympus IR-500, which is slim with a flip open window that allows it to get into very tight areas and still give me outstanding macro work.