Backyard wonders

When conditions are just right, there is a clump of fungus that “blooms” in our yard.  There is a bunch of this stuff, about 14″ in diameter and maybe 10″ tall that is thriving. We think a tree once stood where this fungus now grows, which explains why it is there. The decaying tree, though now below the surface, is providing the food source for this plant. According to my good old World Book Encyclopedia, fungi help enrich the soil by breaking down complex animal and plant matter.  And in that process they also return carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Enough biology lesson.  I just think they are pretty.  
 This is one of the cup-like shapes of this particular fungus.
I cropped an image a lot so that I could bring your attention to the detail of this one.  I love those little beads of moisture gathered on the fin-like structures on the underside of the fungus.  They look like little glass beads.  
While I treasure the times when I can get in the car and go somewhere to find a different view of the big outdoors, I also really appreciate what can appear in my own back yard.  The butterfly photos I shared yesterday were also taken in our yard.   
Have you ever tried to find beauty in your own corner of the world?  If so, has it changed your ‘view’ of where you live?
Marcel Proust said it so well. 
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.”

3 Replies to “Backyard wonders”

  1. You know how I love lichen, fungus, and mushrooms!! These are wonderful! I don't think I've ever seen drops on the underside of a mushroom!! Most of my images are taken in my yard and in the nearby woods! It does make me realize how blessed I am to live in this spot!!

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