Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Peace Valley Park, No. 4, Fungi

Tuesday morning, I spent a couple hours hiking at Peace Valley Park near Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The wildflowers weren't blooming there yet though I saw and heard lots of birds singing. But in my hiking, I came across some fungi growing on a live tree. I'm fascinated by fungi. So I took pictures of fungae from a number of trees. However the ones pictured below all came from the same tree. As you view the pictures be sure to click on them to get the larger view.


The first picture shows the whole stretch of fungi growing on the tree.


This next picture shows close up the two fungi near the bottom the of the first picture.


This picture shows the underside of the fungi on the top third or so of the first picture.

Sometimes, I think I ought to have been an earth scientist or a naturalist.

9 comments:

Ginnie said...

I absolutely love the perspective of all 3 shots, Tim. Fungi fascinates me as well. So very weird how it can grow like that!

San Nakji said...

Wow, fungi is amazing. Reminds me of my favourite joke...

Why don't people live in toadstools?

Because there's not mushroom!

Ha ha!

I wonder where fungi fits in the scheme of things. Does it tell us that the ecosystem is doing fine or something else I wonder?

Tai said...

Those type of fungus (I think they are called 'bracket fungus' but I could be wrong) used to be harvested by an artist I knew.
She would take them from the tree whole, 'cure' them in some manner, than use the flat, white side to creat whimsical and beautiful paintings using the natural shape and texture of the fungus itself to dictate the painting.
Lots of dragons and fairies were incorportated...they were lovely!

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, ginnie. Sometimes viewing things from a variety of perspectives give us a whole new perspective. I'm glad God made things grow in ways that still mystifies us. I need things to awe me every now and then.

Good joke, san nakji. :) I'm not an expert on fungi's place in the ecosystem. But I think just about everything has its place and balance.

Tim Rice said...

Tai, that's neat how the artist used the fungi. I'm sure it was beautiful. And I usually love art work with dragons and fairies.

Ed Abbey said...

I never tire of walking in the woods because beauty there is not hard to find. It is everywhere.

Tim Rice said...

How true, ed abbey. We only have to take the time to see it.

sebastian bereanu said...

Where in the park did you see those?

sebastian bereanu said...

Where in the park did you see those?