Found on a long limb. The guide noted that this fungi has an interesting sexual reproduction, but I could not hear all that he said. There was also lichen on top of the limb. This fungi grows with its spines down so that the mechanism that shoots out spores does not dry out. These mushrooms seem to be drying out.
I found an "inky cap" mushroom across from Kinkaid hall in my Natural History class. It has small white hairs on it. These mushrooms elongate over night to spread their spores.
This is the first Artist's Conk I have ever encountered and what a wonderful specimen! These mushrooms are sporous with a brown top and white bottom. It you take a fine point object you can trace an image into the bottom of the mushroom and it was stay there. The spores are on top of this mushroom so they can float away in the air.
Saw a House finch (heard it first) in a palm tree by the UW Farm and Botany Greenhouse. It had a red chest and head and light brown wings. I could not get a picture.
Near the UW Farm sign, this white rot fungus was on a small foot long log. I learned this fungus does not like conifers.
White rot fungi that will break down the whole log. It is very efficient and needs lots of water and nitrogen.
A white-rot fungi found in a Crab Apple tree next to Drumheller Fountain. The inside of the tree is hallow from this rot and the heartwood is dying. There are brown spores around the entry of the hole. Perhaps there was a limb cut off at some point and the tree was infected then.