Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock
Turning outdoor experiences into learning experiences is always a priority. One way we accomplish this is by starting each adventure with a plan to carefully look for examples of specific organisms or earth processes. On today’s hike, we focused our attention on wood decay fungi.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Wood Decay Fungus
Our morning walk around the pond lead to an amazing find. We discovered all of these wood decay fungus examples growing on the north side of a single old stump. The stump has long been a landmark on our nature trail, but with this discovery it’s sure to be a frequent stopping point as we watch these decomposers do their work.
We’ve had lots of mushrooms growing this year. This patch was growing in the front yard near our pines. The bulk of this organisms is actually growing under the surface of the yard. Only the fruiting bodies emerge along the edges of the the underground fungus.