The fungus among us

Updated: Mar 12

When asked to list things that live in the forest, the lowly fungus seldom makes anyone's top ten. The name sounds like something to be avoided, not carefully sought out. Ironically, only the great coral reefs can compare to the beauty and diversity of the fungi and lichen that dwell in a healthy forest.

A single lap around the Riverpass Loop takes about 5 minutes at a normal walking speed, but only when you begin to realize that it isn't a race, can you truly receive your reward.

This picture, and the last picture on this page are of the same little mushroom, if the photographer was walking at any sort of pace, this mushroom, as well as most of the pictures on this page would not have been taken.

How little is the mushroom pictured to the left?

Scroll to the bottom and see for yourself.

Take your time and enjoy these untouched photos.

All photos were taken by Mario, on one of his many "hour long laps".

From bright to dull and every where in between, the full color spectrum is proof of the diversity of the fungi kingdom that our guests can see for themselves. Best time is always after a good rain.

The colors can be vividly surprising, and the shapes are not always what you might expect either, like the 'birds nest' fungus, equipped with 'eggs' that leave the nest when a well placed rain drop hits.

Unless you are a fungi aficionado, you might not recognize the center pic below to be anything special. However, the Oregon White Truffle is very sought after, this is one of several, accidentally found during projects at Riverpass.

Whether on a living trees bark, or in a dead trees core, on the dirt or under it, fungi make the art of decomposition look good. So take a minute, look a little closer, and see how high resolution life is.

Some of the mushrooms that grow right out of the trail are tall enough to get a 'bugs eye view' of the sun shining through the gills from the underside. These mushrooms are big and easy to see.

Every avid outdoorsman carries a knife and lighter at all times, if only to provide scale in pictures.

As stated, the first picture on this page and the final picture below are of the same little mushroom.

Would you have had time to notice it? If not, get some.

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