earthstars - opening and tipped

Deer Lake W by NE on Hwy 30A - 2010

I photographed the earthstars in the image above on 2010-10-24 NE of Deer Lake but west of the entrances to Deer Lake State Park on Scenic Highway 30-A. GPS coordinates -Latitude: 30° 18' 25.162" N °4' 35.678" W. On the map of fungi arising this year the label is 30A E . The path icon to Mindfield 2012 in the lower right corner of the page is because this location vision video. Last winter, on January 2, earthball in deer lichen.

unknown ballIn the photo to the left taken on October 24, the unknown growth is a sphere above ground, about 1.5 cm. in diameter, first seen on Oct. 17. On Oct. 31, it had not changed. On Nov. 4 I didn't see it. I haven't see the fungi above again either. On May 1, 2012, I found one like this, with crust exanded, revealing a smooth, soft brown puffball within.

On December 16 I found a large earthball north of 30A, near the entrance to the Nature Trail. I call it Earth Speaks.

The earthballs and earthstars on this site grow closely with jester lichen and deer lichen so is a central site I'm monitoring for new growth in 2010. See more on Earthstars and lichen on 30A.


This is also Deer lichen site 3 area #6. See also fungi. Back to Puffball Watch 2010-2011.

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