It’s been an interesting day. Yesterday afternoon, I was contacted by a chemical engineer with an interest in medicinal mushrooms who works at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan in Germany about using this photo in a publication he’s working on “about this special use of fungi.” Now, maybe, this just shows what a complete geek I am; but I found this completely fascinating! And when it comes to one of my obsessions, i.e. anything in the natural world, of course, I’m going to say “yes” to what I consider such a special request. I’m simply grateful that I have the opportunity to contribute to something that sparks my curiosity in such a passionate way.
I took this photo a couple of years ago (June 23, 2011) while hiking with David’s niece at City Lake Natural Area here in Cookeville. We had experienced some heavy rains at the time and decided to hike out to the waterfall. We had absolutely no idea what this was when we ran across the fallen tree branch at the side of the trail. Neither of us had ever seen anything like it. Hopefully, Zenia will forgive me for publishing this video; but it makes me laugh every time I think of that day and her saying, “Jiggly.” Too funny not to share!
Later, I found out this odd, gelatinous fungus is called Tremella fuciformis (commonly known as snow fungus, silver ear fungus, and white jelly mushroom). Many thanks to the people over at Project Noah for helping me ID it. Oddly enough, there appears to be several uses for this species of fungus, including medicinally and in cuisine, of all things. I don’t know about anybody else, but I don’t think I could eat anything that looks like that! Eww. ;P
Realizing that I hadn’t published this previously prompted this post. Realizing that I had failed to upload a number of other photos relating to mushrooms and fungi prompted me to create a new set on Flickr titled simply: Mushrooms & Fungi, for anyone who shares my fascination with this sort of thing.
One of these days, I’ll get caught up with all the posts I have postponed due to lack of motivation; but hey, life happens when you least expect it. I apologize for the vagueness of that statement. I seem to be fighting through a pretty hefty bout of depression and anxiety. However, I trust the support system I have at this time, small (in number of people) as it may be to get me through this.
And Jürgen, I thank you sincerely for the boost to my self-confidence that gave me the motivation to write this post. Until next time:
Wisdom begins in wonder. ~ Socrates