Monday, October 27, 2014

Cyathus olla

Call me weird (many do! ;) but I think this little fungus I found on campus is really "cute." It is one of the bird's nest fungi.
Nidulariaceae
I hope I identified the species correctly! As you can see from the pic, it was growing under a crab apple tree in mulch.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ornamental Crabapples

Cue another grumpy post: as I wander around and fall waxes on, leaves fall and everything becomes a little less beautiful by the day. Sure, one can appreciate the colors in their peak, but it signals an inevitable demise into leaflessness. Empty nests are exposed, that once held the summer's chirping nestlings. The only pretty or green foliage that seems to be left is that of the non-natives. Similarly, the pretty fruit remains, inedible to the wildlife that could use another native tree around. So, I walk around as a curmudgeon, rolling my eyes at the too-lovely ornamental berries still fully adorning their useless shrubs, and wondering why on earth any tree here is still bright green. Yet, I feel a need to understand the landscaping around me, so I went on a web hunt of info that seems to be lost on a deprecated website. I requested more info, so we'll see if I find something useful out of this search.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shaggy Manes from Campus

This was my harvest from a building lawn (same pictured in the prior post). I was going to eat them until someone raised the good question: do you know if there are herbicides used here? Also, they're near a road, and I know nothing about the soil. These mushsrooms sometimes accumulate heavy metals, etc. To me, though, this is all a shame. This is all symptomatic of a world we've polluted so much that we can't safely eat or drink from it anymore.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bristly Greenbrier

I found huge vines of this species while camping with friends at Wyalusing this weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mushrooms

These are some of my mushroom finds around campus. My guess for the first clump is C. atramentarius.
Coprinus spp.?
when they get old...
young suspected Coprinus genus mushrooms
I noticed these tiny mushrooms (below) when I was walking along a sidewalk. A mushroom expert saw the pics an my description and gave me a guess on the genus.
Panaeolus spp?
growing in mulch under ornamental shrubbery

Monday, September 29, 2014

Shaggy Mane!

I found my first edible mushroom today! However, because I'm so new to this, I'm going to dig it up to make sure it's not an Amanita.


Wisconsin Riverway

This past weekend was our lab's canoe trip, from Woodman to Wyalusing. It was "the end" of the river, so we even went on the Mississippi for a little bit! We ended by canoeing the backwaters a little bit to get to our boat launch. This was my favorite part of the river so far.