Sunday, December 27, 2015

Some Fungi from "Down the Hill" (Ramona), Following our Rains

We have been getting some decent rain lately, maybe even the beginnings of the "El Nino".

Last Monday I made a little trip down to Dos Picos County Park (now called Dos Picos Regional Park) in Ramona, about 45 minutes west of Julian and our home in the Cuyamaca Mountains.

There were not a lot of "big" mushrooms, but still some nice photogenic fungi:

Probably Psathyrella conopilus (with a little unidentified friend).

These little mushrooms were growing on a small branch in the chaparral. They were about 10 mm tall.

A tiny shelf-like fungus, about 15 mm wide.

More tiny ones. The largest is about 15 mm wide.

The lichen was growing luxuriously all over branches in the chaparral, enjoying the recent rain.

An owl pellet, soaked by rain, with a good-sized skull in it.

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