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Pearly Droplets on Fungus & Many Mushrooms at Tugman State Park! (+9 insets!)

Pearly Droplets on Fungus & Many Mushrooms at Tugman State Park! (+9 insets!)
(+9 insets!)

On the Hunt for Fungus!
You probably know that one of my favorite finds are mushrooms, and it's always something I'm looking for whenever I go on a macro stroll. It took a while to find any while we were at Tugman but eventually I hit pay dirt! Slowing down to a creep, I discovered mushrooms peeping out from beds of moss, attached to logs and even peering down at me from lofty heights on tree trunks. I even found an American yellow fly agaric, the blond version of my bucket list mushroom, the Amanita muscaria. It was easy enough to find various species of shelf fungus, and at one point I discovered a huge one right next to the trail that was bristling with droplets. Eying the beads of moisture closely, I couldn't help but ponder…those aren't dew drops, so what are they?

Those Droplets are called Guttation and They Occur in Plant Species Too!
This moisture oozes out of many types of fungus at times of rapid growth with proper temperature and humidity. They can be clear or tinted with colors from yellow to blood red. Some mushrooms use this guttation to create a protective slime that makes them glossy in appearance (I iincluded a picture of a Cowboy Mushroom found on our property, and it's a clickable link with many insets)

In plant species, guttation happens at night when the pressure of excess water in roots forces moisture out of the leaves. This will ring a bell to you when you think about leaves that have beads of water perfectly arranged around the edge of a leaf! I always wondered how dew could have formed so perfectly that way…and now I know that it wasn't dew at all!

This article is brimming with awesome photography and a lot more information about guttation, which I encourage you to read and enjoy! Read it and Weep: Fungal Guttation

Immortalized Before Being Mutilated
The two pictures of this lovely bracket fungus turned out to be very fortunate timing. Located along the longer Eel Lake trail, Steve and I had admired this prominently positioned fungus each time we passed and when I came back with my macro lens I got the pictures I'm sharing today. A couple of days later we made our successful hike to the end of the trail and back, and admired the eye-level bracket fungus on the way in. On the way back we encountered a very noisy group of kids headed our way, led by an obnoxious young adult. Disturbing the peace of the forest, they yelled back and forth and none of which were observing safe distancing. We noticed that the leader had a knife and was looking around and cutting things off trees. A while after we passed by, I noticed a bracket fungus with a huge section sliced off its bottom. Wait. THAT WAS THE BEAUTIFUL SHELF BRACKET I'D PHOTOGRAPHED! Suddenly it hit me--that jerk was mutilating everything he found of interest along the trail! That explained the branches, bits of mushroom and fungus we kept finding littered along the path as we made our way back. What a shame. What a jerk. But I did get these pictures for all of us to enjoy!

Fungus Insets Galore!
I'm including images of the wonderful mushrooms I've processed from our trip to William Tugman State Park and I hope you enjoy the show (I also added the few I put on earlier trip posts too)

I hope all of you are doing well, keeping safe, dry and warm!

Explored on 2/26/21; highest placement #4.

trester88, Karlena, Leon_Vienna, Sylvain Wiart and 44 other people have particularly liked this photo

28 comments - The latest ones
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What a beautiful series Janeet; my personal favourite is your second PiP.
Happy weekend and stay well.
7 weeks ago.
PascalL club
belle série
7 weeks ago.
cammino club
I have never heard of fungal guttation and have never seen such before. Gorgeous close-ups!!!
7 weeks ago.
uwschu club
sehr schöne Serie, kenne keinen einzigen Pilz davon, der bei uns wächst.
Viele Grüße
7 weeks ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
I love these pearly droplets, Janet. The details and textures are wonderful. Fungi are one of my favourite subjects to photograph. I can't wait for the autumn, so I can photograph some more mushrooms. Stay safe and have a great weekend. All the best, Joe
7 weeks ago.
 Anton Cruz Carro
Anton Cruz Carro club
Really fascinating visually and strange at the same time. It is worth expanding. It is incredible. All the best, Anton.
7 weeks ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful set of fungi!
7 weeks ago.
Chrissy club
ooooh ich liebe die kleine Spinne!
7 weeks ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful series Janet I think the second insert makes the best photo, I hope you have a good weekend
7 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Very nice, Janet !
7 weeks ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable et belle collection de champignons différents les uns des autres et aussi
beaux les uns que les autres...Vous faites un travail remarquable et de grande qualité.
Je vous souhaite une belle soirée et un agreable weekend.
7 weeks ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
un super document mycologique !!
7 weeks ago.
vero club
quelle belle série de champignons, une merveille, ils son tous sublimes,Janet une bonne soirée bisous merçi pour toutes ces informations instructives et incroyables Bonne soirée
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Thank you for another very educational series, Janet. I agree with Chrissy on my favorite photo: the little spider on the edge of the mushroom.
7 weeks ago.
 Stefani Wehner
Stefani Wehner club
Fntastic close ups!
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

7 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent fungi/mushroom series! Stay well!

Admired in:
7 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOWWWW, what a series, Janet !!! SUPERB ! Happy WE !!!
7 weeks ago.
Annemarie club
this is beautiful and well done

Happy healthy weekend:)
7 weeks ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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I can understand your horror only too well.
There are so many people and institutions that have no respect and understanding for nature. We all have the consequences every day before our eyes, noses and ears.
Anyway, a great pleasure you were able to make this very special macro series before the destruction action by that group leader.
Have a fantastic weekend and stay well!
7 weeks ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Was für eine tolle Pilzsammlung hast du da wieder präsentiert, Janet! Ich dachte erst an Perlen. Der American Yellow Fly Agaric gleicht sehr unserem Perlpilz, auch ein Knollenblätterpilz, der aber essbar und wohlschmeckend ist (Amanita rubescens) –
Die Aufnahmen sind wunderbar fokussiert!
7 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fantastic and fascinating series Janet, which show of your wonderful macro skills beautifully! My favourtie is the 2nd PiP, the light is especially lovely!

Such a shame about the mindless vandalism - it makes you wonder what goes through their minds!

I hope you're having an enjoyable weekend. Take care and stay safe!
7 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Tres belle photo nature. Nicole.
7 weeks ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work, lovely series Janet.
Have a great new week, and stay well (◕‿-)
7 weeks ago.
grobi358 club
Very impressive series and very interesting informations about this phenomen of guttation. I also saw a fungus with a lot of those drops. This fungus is called in the bible. I`ve uploaded some pictures for you: Hermann, der Hausschwamm...
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
 Frans Schols
Frans Schols club
Schitterende serie zwammen en een prachtige uitleg over de guttatie druppels.
Hartelijke groeten, Frans.
7 weeks ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow, Janet - what an incredible showing of mushrooms. I had no idea there were so many kinds of fungi and the fact that the (previously assumed) wasn't droplets of rain but a sort of ooze coming out of the plant itself. The pictures you've downloaded for us are simply stunning and I can understand your "calling" for them. How on earth you kept your cool with that young thug who was just cutting off pieces of the fungi for fun - I'd have said something, unless of course, I was on my own!!! I'm a coward like that!!!
7 weeks ago.
trester88 club
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