Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Here For A Day
Sometimes a surprise awaits us in the garden. This bright yellow splat caught my eye as I looked out on the garden from the living room window yesterday morning. This overnight growth appeared on top of the pile of reground hardwood bark mulch. I have been taking mulch from the pile recently and that may be what prompted the alien growth.
Yellow veins through the white web are a little creepy. The porous structure of the main body does not invite close inspection. Touching it is out of the question. Simon & Schuster's Guide To Mushrooms describes Steccherinium Ochraceum as prompting no interest in eating because of its texture. No claim is made that this growth is even a mushroom.
At day's end the bright color was gone. Investigation this morning found this growth a little more worn but a new one had sprouted nearby. One has to be impressed with the myriad forms of life around us. I wonder what surprise is waiting outside today.