A cluster of small Inkies -
While visiting a different section of woods I noticed a surplus of Two-Color Boletes which will dry well and improve with age -
I couldn't leave behind the attractive stone with the quartz strata.
The search for Slime Molds was not without a find - my wife locating this one which appears to be a Physarum
, which in its fruiting stage takes on a hard, sooty (ie spore-bearing) form.
Some of these species travel up to one foot a day. While reading up on this unique life form I found this on a page describing another Slime Mold... (https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.ph ... lycephalum
"A recent topic of interest and study, this organism has been found to have a form of external memory. As the mold grows and pulsates throughout its environment, it leaves behind a trail of slime marking where it has been (hence the name). When exploring a petri dish, it would not double back to where it has already been before. With no real brain or any way to internalize information, this organism essentially remembers or is reminded of where it has already been when it encounters its own slime again. This type of navigation can be likened to that of the pheromone trails used by ants or bees. Through experimentation, it has been found that slime mold can solve mazes and u-shaped traps (see below) to successfully locate a food source."
And another curiosity, the Bird's Nest Fungus -
Also called 'Splash Cups', the black 'eggs' (termed 'periodoles') are spore cases which get propelled up to 4' distance when a drop of rain hits the receptacle. The periodole has a fine sticky cord a few inches long which catches onto a leaf or twig which spins it close to the snag where it remains. Once properly 'ripe' the 'egg' opens to release the spores for dissemination by wind. Quite the elaborate strategy.
And from 'eggs' of the 'bird's nest' I'll transition to Chicken. Here's another one I took a couple of days ago (not shown, to avoid repetition) -
Slow cooked over a very low flame for about half an hour, in olive oil with onion, grated ginger, chives, s & p. Simple, and superb.