Image #137 – Stalked Hairy Fairy Cup fungus

Image #137

According to the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms,  “The Stalked Hairy Fairy Cup is one of a number of very small, beautiful cup fungi that are covered with hairs.”  Enough said?  This dainty life form lives on a tree at Wayah Bald, NC — 5,000 feet up, very exposed to extremes and very beautiful. ☙

Image #124 – From Little Helmets to Shaggy Manes

Image #124

Reportedly it has been a bumper-crop-year for mushrooms in western North Carolina.  Lucky me!  A few days ago I posted Little Helmets, lovely white fungi that are about 2cm in height (about 3/4″). Today I present a 20+cm beauty, a Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) discovered along the road to Wayah Bald.  Remarkably these two mushrooms are in the same family (Inky Cap or Coprinus)!  But they certainly present differently. The Little Helmets were all clustered together near a woodpile. The Shaggy Mane stood in solitary splendor at a hairpin curve on Wyaha Bald Road. ☙Image #124(a)