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333/365: “Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.” ~ Bulgarian Proverb

333/365: “Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.” ~ Bulgarian Proverb
6 more pictures and many educational notes from Wiki above ! :)

It was a lovely afternoon, so the dogs and I did another exploration climb up the hillside, looking for anything interesting as we went. They found all kinds of yucky dead things to chew on, and I found all kinds of interesting subjects to photograph!

When you have a macro lens, an acre is more like a mile or more, so there are many possibilities to discover as I amble along. First I found some interesting shelf fungus. Then some strange orange-brown fungus that was very interesting to look at. Keeping an eye on the dogs, I saw Moosey chewing on a stick and Molly and Zoe investigating something terribly intriguing to them. :D Half way up the hill I found a wooden surveyor's stake laying on the ground, and when I carefully turned it over, I found a wonderful brown spider with a lovely furry abdomen! Making my way around a tree I remembered a year ago, I looked down and found a rock encrusted with clear and white quartz crystals! FUN!! Moving up the hill, I saw a rotten oak tree and noticed something large at the base, and it looked suspiciously like fungus. Creeping closer, I gasped in delight. A FUNGUS ON MY BUCKET LIST!!! HOORAY!!!! I had found a Bearded Tooth Fungus!!!! SO COOL!!!! (You can read more about this fungus in notes on the picture above!)

The fungus was a group of three clumps, taking up the space of about two feet. Each clump was about 1 foot in diameter (one of them overlapped another) Funny enough, I spent about 10 minutes excavating the lowest one because I could photograph it more by itself, but when I took pictures of this second one, which is attached to the oak tree at the left, I realized that this one was much prettier and better to show. It's actually a good thing I found these today, because they are showing age and damage from the frost, but are still in fine condition for a picture to share! :) (I also have a close-up as an inset, so interesting to look at!)

By the way, something surprising happened while I was cleaning up the area for my picture. I heard a heavy "WHOMP" sound next to me, and I looked up to see a large bird which was very surprised to see me. Before I focused on the bird, it immediately took off and flew over to a tree within sight, landing on the side and identifying itself as a woodpecker of some type. The thing is, I'd never SEEN such a HUGE woodpecker before! I only saw a flash of red on its head and its slate grey back but when I got back home, I found that what I had seen was a Pileated Woodpecker!! I really had no idea that a woodpeckers could be so big, what I saw was even larger than a Northern Flicker! (Pileated Woodpecker: 16-19", Northern Flicker: 11-14"). What's also interesting is that the fungus was covered with chunks of rotten wood ripped out of the tree and it appeared to be recently dug out. I'd actually looked around to see if there were any signs of what might have been doing the digging...and what do you know?! I found the source! I only hope that my presence didn't make it leave for another possible home. I left as soon as I got my pictures taken, so hopefully it came back to finish working on its now abode.

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A fun and original series, with comments as always well done.
8 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
These are very rare in the Netherland, great find and beautifully photographed!
8 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A remarkable fungus. There must be a lot of fungus around your area I've never seen one like this before!
8 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
An awesome job .. I love what you do.
Good Saturday.
8 years ago.
(*NIKonGT*) club
I admire your talent to see and work with your Pictures! Wonderful title and thanks for the text ;-)
Have e good weekend.
8 years ago.
fragglerocks club
great series and a fab fungus, have not seen one like that before.
8 years ago.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Great work friend !!! All are Awesome !

Have an enjoyable weekend !
8 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I've never seen anything remotely like this - I don't think we have it over here. You have found some amazing fungi in and around where you live. Thanks for sharing them with us.
8 years ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
Well Done!!
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Leap's Photo
8 years ago.
 Stan Askew
Stan Askew club
That's Wild!!
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Wonderful World
of Wildlife!!
8 years ago.
 Sami Serola (inactive)
Sami Serola (inactiv… club
Thank you again for sharing such a wonderful stories, scientific facts, and of course the pictures. One easily gets the feeling that you must enjoy writing and photography. Taking a picture every day is just an easy part, but to write also such enjoyable stories every day is amazing! I suppose you are also writing books, or at least you should.
8 years ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Strange mushroom !
... but extremely useful, as I understood ....
8 years ago.
wonderful macros, as always...
8 years ago.
Danielle club
J'aime la texture ************
8 years ago.
Just super!

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8 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
INCREDIBLE fungus... wonderful !!!

The Pileated ! I have one that visits.. hansome boy !

The painting prog.. I use the Corel Paint version.. its fun !
8 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Fantastic photo.
8 years ago.
What a strange 'shroom!!! At first I thought it was some sort of anemone... Great find and shot =)
8 years ago.
Chrissy club
Fantastic! Another natures wonder perfectly capture by Janet. LOOOOOVE it
8 years ago.

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