Silly Lichen Tricks
One benefit of living in an older neighbourhood is you can find really old lichen colonies. Look how this wall lichen grows in stripes showing how even a minute change in the habitat can affect growth.
Exhibit 2. I found the photo below at this really helpful site. The plaque is made of copper. Now I know why copper is often used as a prime ingredient in fungicides.
Some jelly fungus fell into my backyard during the last storm. I picked it up and it felt like ancient Jello found in the back of the fridge. The colours can be quite variable. I’ve seen pictures of jelly fungus glowing like a jar of marmalade held up to the sun. Mine all seem to be a dull sea-weedy brown.
Jelly fungus will shrink to almost nothing in dry conditions and then plump up again when there is rain. I think it must be a decomposer because I have only found it growing on old dead logs.
I also found a tar black jelly like fungus. It was velvety soft to to the touch but the picture is much too scary to publish. All the better to haunt your dreams tonight …
Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob
Edit: Forgot to include this lovely fungus. A series of these were growing on a fallen log by the creek. This one was easily the size of a dinner plate and the colour of a bloody beef steak.