365 Nature – Day 278

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


The only thing better than a cool autumn morning is a cool autumn morning after it’s rained. Our rain has been scarce this autumn so far but this morning we finally got a little bit with more promised later in the week. The rains not only wash away the thick layer of dust accumulated from the summer, but bring a renewed life to the moss, lichen and ferns while encouraging fungi to sprout up out of the ground. Today I enjoyed all of those things and found mushrooms including orange cup fungi, lichens that had turned back to green again and mosses that were soft and green.

One discovery baffled me however. It was growing in the crack of a log on the ground and at first I thought it was a fungi that had been broken off. But looking closer, it looked strange, almost like the neck of a clam. It was not sticky or squishy like slime mold, but felt rubbery. Please let me know if you know what it is, you can find it in the photos above.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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