One of the things I dislike the most about winter is that even a little bit of snow covers everything very quickly. I was pleasantly surprised, then, to see the tinier denizens of the forest (and the ones I’m the most interested in) finally showing their faces again after spending months hidden in the wicked white substance.
Most of the mushrooms I’m able to find this early in the year are tree-parasites. I have no idea what species any of them are, nor do I intend to eat any of them, but I do enjoy finding them. Here’s a small sampling of the mushrooms, lichen, and moss I found on my trip the other day.
I’d be a pain in the ass to walk in the woods with, because I tend to be distracted every ten steps or so by a cool mushroom. This will only get worse as the weather gets warmer.
Ethiopian Welo Opal New gem found looks like the ocean or space in rock.