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 is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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