Scaly Pholiota

Like any self-respecting hiker, I despise the swarms of mosquitoes that emerge during really wet summers, but as a nature lover, find myself in awe at the vast array of fungi that also appear. This Scaly Pholiata cluster was encountered deep in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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A Beautiful Mushroom

Admittedly, some editing was required to lend such a dramatic contrast, but this young scaly pholiota mushroom was still a dramatic and beautiful stand-out in the dreary forest. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Magnificent Mushrooms

Whenever gazing upon something as magical as this gorgeous cluster of tiny orange mushrooms (species unknown), I feel as though I'm peering into this mysterious world that we humans understand so little of. Michaux State Forest, PA, USA.
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Fungus in the Forest

A young Yellow Patches Mushroom, surrounded by it's mysterious forest environment. Photographed at Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Monochromatic Mushrooms

This cluster of small mushrooms (species unknown) was found in early fall, on the edge of a Hemlock log. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Fairy Lanterns

A couple of chanterelle waxy caps. Encountering these lovely little mushrooms on such a dark dreary dairy, the camera flash illuminated them in such a way as to give the impression of tiny little lanterns. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Orange Jelly

I was incredibly lucky to have encountered this beautiful Jelly Fungus, as it was perfectly illuminated by the light from the setting sun. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Mushroom Gills

When I saw this cluster of mushrooms, above my head on a hemlock tree, I instantly became enamored with such a different perspective. Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Mushrooms on a Log

As seen from beneath, this large cluster of beautiful, tiny mushrooms were found growing on a rotting hemlock log. Photo taken at Tall Timbers State Park, PA, USA.
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Mushroom Cluster

As seen from beneath, this large cluster of beautiful, tiny mushrooms were found growing on a rotting hemlock log. Photo taken at Tall Timbers State Park, PA, USA.
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Pinwheel Marasmius

A cluster of Pinwheel Marasmius mushrooms. These extremely tiny shrooms are easy to overlook. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Autumnal Shrooms

A young cluster of scaly pholiota mushrooms in the pre-autumnal forest. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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Colorful and unique, fungi (especially mushrooms) have always struck me as the quirky flowers of the forest.  The small cluster or single mushroom sitting above the earth’s surface is but a microcosm of the vast mycelium network which can cover miles of space, underground.  This network provides a vital chain of communication, through which trees warn each other of such things as pest infestations and resource shortages.  Mushrooms only emerge when the conditions are right for the mycelium to attempt at reproducing.  In this album, you will find some dramatic examples of the fungus class!