Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pic(k) of the Week: Verdant fungus

Verdant fungus

"A rolling stone gathers no moss" ... but a polypore mushroom can!

Briarlake Forest Park: DeKalb County, Georgia, USA.
7 January 2024.
Trametes versicolor is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world. Meaning 'of several colors', versicolor accurately describes this fungus that displays a unique blend of markings. Additionally, owing to its shape being similar to that of a wild turkey's tail feathers, T. versicolor is most commonly referred to as turkey tail. The top surface of the cap shows typical concentric zones of different colors, and the margin is always the lightest. Older specimens [such as the one pictured] can have zones with green algae [or moss] growing on them, thus appearing green. It commonly grows in rows on logs and stumps of deciduous trees, and is common in North America.

This is a closeup. The polypore appears much larger in the image than it did in 'real' life.


  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays.
  • Photo 4 of 52, for year 2024. See a hi-res version on Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
    • Lens: Olympus M.45mm F1.8.
    • Settings: 45 mm | 1/60 sec | ISO 1000 | ƒ/8.0
    • Procedure: Focus stack (7 images)

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