Fungi Friday - IN THE RICH AND COLORFUL COASTAL ECOSYSTEM - Part Five (The final part)

in Fungi Lovers11 months ago

All the photographs in this series of posts were taken in between 22 and 25.10.2020.

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There was an old, rotting stump that I visited on few occasions during those days ...

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... and it looked like this on 22.10.2020. ... in the morning. It was covered with colorful Trametes versicolor fungi, and this autumnal arrangement looked a bit like something out of the coral reef. When I visited the old stump on 24.10.2020. ...

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... I was greeted by an even more exuberant look.

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The Armillaria mellea mushrooms have conquered that little island ...

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... and now ...

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... it was almost unrecognizable.

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These mushrooms appeared on that day in large clusters ...

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... in many other places throughout the forest ...

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... adding new life and color to some barren spots ... and creating a spectacular surprise.

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On some pieces of rotting wood I found much smaller, pretty simple, but also very interesting fungal formations. I don't know what exactly is this. I mean, it's a fungus - that's for sure. Maybe the small initial phase of some larger species.

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This looks like some small cup fungus ... maybe the Peziza violacea ... but I'm not sure.

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While wandering around the dark and dense forest ...

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... surrounded by many larger, fairly typically shaped mushrooms ...

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... I found also this interesting colony ...

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... on some fallen branch. It looked like small dumplings made of red soil typical for this coastal area, somehow ended up attached to the rotting wood.

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This is actually another fungal formation. The Hypoxylon fragiforme.

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These small elegant mushrooms were also growing there.

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I don't know what species is this.

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On this photograph you can see another tiny pale shape among the red dumplings. On the following shot ...

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... you can take a better look at this detail.

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It's a springtail ... the Lepidocyrtus curvicolis springtail ...

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... and is feeding on some minuscule particles.

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Out of the woods ...

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... on the narrow stretch of meadow between the forest and the sea where this parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) was photographed ...

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... this minuscule beetle ...

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... the Sphaeroderma testaceum, that can jump like flea ...

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... is grazing across the surface of some thick, hairy leaf ...

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... in a somewhat similar manner.

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The beetle is on its way to another leaf on this photograph ... and on the next shot, taken not far from there ...

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... near the small road that goes along the coastline ...

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... the Amanita vaginata has recently emerged from the ground.

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Like all Amanitas, this is a pretty elegant mushroom ... with the classic umbrella design.

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Further along the coastline ...

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... there was a large pool of water, a remainder on the heavy rain that fell some days ago ... and a bit deeper in the forest, but not very far from there ...

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... I found an even larger seasonal pond that disappears only in summer.

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It's an important place for the local wildlife ... especially the wild boars.

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I found some red Russula mushroom, maybe the Russula emetica, near the water ... and that colorful mushroom came very handy to enhance the otherwise pretty dull, muddy - green shot.

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Near this pond ...

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... a bit further from the water ... I found another colorful Russula ...

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... accompanied by the lovely, and potentialy deadly, Amanita pantherina.

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The bark of a nearby tree ...

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... was covered by a multitude of these elegant, very pale and small, mushrooms.

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I found also a few differently shaped small mushrooms on the same tree. These weren't just pale, but white like the milk or snow.

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Back on the ground ... in the same area ...

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... a multitude of Mycena inclinata mushrooms ...

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... has appeared on the very old oak stump.

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... after some walking and sniffing around the same area ...

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... on another stump ...

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... I found the poisonous Hypholoma fasciculare.

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This species already appeared in the part four of this series, but the same kind of mushrooms looked considerably different in that Mushroom Monday post ... because those Hypholoma fasciculare were much younger, at different stage of the fruiting body development.

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This Russula vesca ...

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... and these three small unidentified mushrooms ...

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... that look like some kind of Lepiota ...

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... were growing nearby. A few steps further, and some minutes later ...

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... I photographed this Scleroderma verrucosum, in its final stage, ready to release the dark spores ... that look like some fine, black powder. Meanwhile ...

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... on a short stretch of coastline with the relatively large meadow dividing the forest and the sea ...

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... another puffball species was in the same phase. When I stumbled upon it, some hours later ... accustomed to the low light conditions in the forest, I took the first shot with the flash on ... and then ...

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... I realized that there is plenty of light here ... so I took another shot with natural light.

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This is the Bovista plumbea in its final stage, ready to release the spores in the form of fine, yellow - brown colored powder.

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Some pretty large red Russula mushrooms were growing around a community of shrubs in the middle of the meadow ...

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... ants have transformed a pretty large parchment of the nearby terrain into a complex entrance into their large underground citadel ...

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... the dew has formed a sophisticated ornament at the entrance of the spider's lair ...

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... I took another shot of the same puffball ... because the prior shot I took with natural light, looked kind of blurred when seen on the small screen through the slightly dirty glasses ...

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... and another unnecessary shot where you can see the neighboring puffball as well ... and then ... in the grass under the first line of trees at the edge of the forest ...

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... I noticed these trumpet - like ... very aromatic, tasty & completely edible Craterellus cornucopioides ... and took this photograph.

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After that I continued to follow the trail made of small groups of these mushrooms ...

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... leading me back into the forest.

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Among the Craterellus in one of those groups ...

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... a different small mushroom was growing.

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It was an interesting little arrangement.

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Here comes another Clavarioid fungus ... there is at least one of those in every episode of this series ... I saw many of them, each one was slightly different. This one was growing along the Craterellus trail.

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These are some pretty large & photogenic unidentified mushrooms, photographed later, deep in the woods.

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I don't know exactly what mushroom is this ... it's coming out of an egg - like sack, so it could be some Amanita species unknown to me ... anyway, it looked pretty cool, so I took this shot ... a young mushroom, maybe even of the same kind ...

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... was growing nearby. It6 was an interesting find, but I can't give you much information about this stuff.

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This is a young Amanita rubescens ...

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... edible when cooked, raw is problematic.

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Tricholoma album are very common poisonous mushrooms, plenty of them can be found in these woods ... but this one ...

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... is pretty unique ... because has a fluffy feather attached to its cap ... it looks like some old-fashioned musketeer hat.

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And with this lovely, stylish combination ... is time to end the post ... and this entire series ... as always in these posts on HIVE, the photographs are my work ... and as always in this series, I'll put the post on the Pinmapple to show you where in the world this place is.

Also, here at the end of the whole thing ... I'll put the links to all posts in the series.

Here is the part one ...
https://peakd.com/hive-166168/@borjan/fungi-friday-in-the-rich-and-colorful-coastal-ecosystem-part-one

... here the part two ...
https://peakd.com/hive-166168/@borjan/mushroom-monday-in-the-rich-and-colorful-coastal-ecosystem-part-two

... part three ...
https://peakd.com/hive-166168/@borjan/fungi-friday-in-the-rich-and-colorful-coastal-ecosystem-part-three

... and part four ...
https://peakd.com/hive-166168/@borjan/mushroom-monday-in-the-rich-and-colorful-coastal-ecosystem-part-four

And now ... this is really the end - THE END.

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Wow. Nice series ;)

Thanks :)

Wow ... a good and beautiful feature-length documentary strong and extremely interesting with beautifully presented photos accompanied by text, and nicely complements the picturesqueness of this post ...

Mushrooms are like from some sci-fi weird planet ... special effects
Nice :)

very beautiful and unique mushrooms ... extraordinary ..

I see a lot of variety, as the ladies say this is my favorite, what an elegance of a mushroom, I tell you that if it is edible I would be sad to eat it, it is too striking.

Happy Saturday

True :)

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Good Morning @cuddlekitten

You've done a great job, great mushroom series!
We have black chanterelles growing, but I have never come across them.
Have a nice weekend and interesting finds :-)

Nice weekend to you too :) wishing you also some interesting photographic adventures

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