A Puff

Indeed a foggy start to the morning, eh! Well, at least at our house. 🙂

So I will continue on with Jan. 18th outing.

As we continued our walk a rock creature watched us. 😉
As I bent down to say hi to the rock creature the Cladonia lichen was beside it. These tiny (2-5mm) squamules belong to the Cladonia genius. In fact they can be found in the open or in the shade. Squamules are scale-like lobes that usually lift up one edge. You may remember posts of others in the Cladonia genus like the Pixie Cup Lichen (Cladonia peziziformis). This one did not have any fruiting bodies (podetia).
The small Common Split Gill (Schizophyllum commune) is a fairly common shelf type fungus in our area. Certainly small (an inch or so) but pretty.

Isn’t this cute? Looks just like a bugle corn chip. However not the color. LOL

Another shape!

So it took a few minutes to figure out that they were grape leaves. The backside was a mat of hairs (tomentose). Thanks Jeanne.

Carnival Candy Slime Mold (Arcyria denudata)! So don’t you love the name? The slime molds are not true fungi but are found in many of the same situations. The vegetative stage (called a plasmodium) in the life cycle of this organism feeds upon the bacteria associated with decaying plant material. “The feeding stage takes the form of a giant amoeba with thousands of nuclei, called a plasmodium.  The plasmodium is not divided by cell membranes, but is enclosed by a single outer one. Many have bright colors such as yellow, brown and white”. (Source: University of Hawai’i) Jeanne was alerted to it as I stepped over a log and saw a puff! Inadvertently I had smush it with my shoe.

Watch the puff! Great spot Jeanne!

Tomorrow we head down into the ravine or ditch which ever you want to call it.

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Carnival Candy – what a sweet name 😉 those slime molds are very cool
    Cannot belive folks shoot so many birds for FUN grrrrrrrr

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