Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some Interesting Fungi

Besides the bugs in my previous post, a delightful array of fungi were on display.  While the deciduous trees and most wildflowers are "sleeping" through the winter, the fungi are doing important work of creating soil and providing nutrients for the other plants and a few humans.  My favorite on today's walk was the Bird's Nest Fungus, pictured above.  I'll post pictures tomorrow of five others.  The Bird's Nest Fungus has a remarkable method of reproduction and dispersal.  I'll be posting a diagram of this soon.  Meanwhile, there's a great video of this fungus on YouTube under the title "Evolutionary Masterpieces."  Check it out.

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