Friday, March 5, 2010

Fungi won't be around much longer

I've been enjoying seeing all of the lovely images of birds but thought I'd mix things up a bit with a little sketch I did of Helvella acetabulum, one of our spring fungi. The end of our fungi season is fast approaching. It's so very short! This fungus is currently fruiting in several parts of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, a lovely place with many old Coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia), a tree these fungi seem to get along with very well. Spores puffed out in a light cloud as the air moved around the fungus. The veins are a lighter color than the cup but the sun was shining into the cup, making the cup walls translucent and the heavier veins opaque.

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