A recent trip to the greatest place in the DFW Metroplex (the LBJ Grasslands), yielded some interesting discoveries. I have displayed them beginning with the least exciting to the most fascinating (and my proudest).
I was walking through a shaded part of the forest near Black Creek Lake. This mushroom caught my eye and although the area was infested with poison ivy (show me a nature preserve that isn’t) I decided to go down on all fours to get the shot. You don’t get a sense of scale but this mushroom is very small.
I walked further in the area and spotted this interesting mushroom that collected water.
I continued my journey, (just a few feet away) and spotted this unusual looking specimen. I tried doing a search online but surprisingly, the key words, “fungus that looks like a periscope” yields nothing useful. If anyone has ideas or hints on what it is, please post a comment.
This last photo makes me happy. I took dozens of photos with both my cameras – hoping at least one turned out. Several did but I chose this one with my thumb to show scale. I did a search online and again, my keywords of “fungus that looks like scoops of ice cream” turns up nothing useful. The smaller mushroom might also be a clue to identification. I was too focused on the ice cream fungus to get it in focus.
Cameras: Canon G16 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II. (Soon it will be time to upgrade to a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.)
Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Date: September 18, 2016
Location: LBJ National Grasslands