|Seeking fungi on my favorite trail along the Blackwater Creek|
It didn't take long to find what I was looking for. These are bracket fungi but there are many varieties. I had decided I wanted to work with a bracket fungus with gills. These two bracket fungi below look very similar but the bottom photo shows one major way they differ. On the bottom one has pores and the other gills.
|Bottom view. This is where the spores are released. The one of the left has pores and the one on the right has gills.|
|More bracket fungi with the underside revealed|
These were the most unusual. They were almost gelatinous.
I am very pleased to have a meeting this week with Greg Eaton, a mycelium expert, who is a biology professor at Lynchburg College and the director of the Claytor Nature Center. My goal is to have a complete proof of the animation before our meeting to get feedback about the accuracy of my representation the life cycle.
Next time you are in the woods, at the park or even in your yard, keep an eye out for mycelium. It's there.
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