STUFF worth being passionate about
Beautiful white mushrooms growing on the western side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. I took this picture the last weekend of September on the Pinnacle Lake Trail. Likely Pleurotellus porrigens, commonly called Angel Wings.
Just some weeds growing in the yard. They collectively mock me every day I leave and come home. I’ve been a little busy, guys! So, I thought I would check out what was really over there. I found some great colors and textures! Click on the photo for the full image. -sv
Staghorn fern is an epiphyte that grows in tropical areas on trees, cliffs, or tall rocks. It has two types of leaves, or fronds, that help the plant to thrive in high up places.
The first photo shows the branched fronds which do the majority of the plant’s photosynthesis. The second image I took during my university greenhouse trip. I was able to get up close, behind the branched fronds, and find the circular fronds. These leaves have the special task of collecting water, debris, and insects. After awhile, the collection is converted into the plant’s own nutritive soil. Since the fern collects its own water and nutrients, it has no need to parasitize or harm its host tree. -sv
I love it! I have been to eight of these parks in the last ten years! Support the local economies and visit a National Park this summer! -sv