August CMMC pick a topic

This week Cee Neuner’s midweek madness challenge is to pick a topic from a photo posted on Cee’s Photo Challenges.

This week Cee has a flower with a tape measure on sand. I have picked a photo I took earlier this week of a large sand-coloured fungus. It appears every year at about this time on a sycamore tree, being specific to trees in the maple family. Its common name is Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) according to The Observer’s Book of Mushrooms and Other Common Fungi (1978 edition).

Three layers of a sand-coloured fungus with brown markings on a tree with scaly bark
Dryad’s saddle fungus

Last year I posted other photos of this fungus and its host tree.

May CMMC Alphabet Challenge – Letter G

For Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week the topic is the letter G anywhere in the word. Do click the link to see Cee’s photos for this challenge.

On a short walk earlier this week I noticed an ash tree, which was just beginning to come into leaf. In a fork in the tree, where a large branch must have fallen perhaps due to storm damage, a different tree was growing with green leaves and dangling flowers. My letter G words are Green Growth.

Part of an ash tree with a mass of green growth instead of a branch
Another species in an ash tree

The next day I had another look and I am fairly sure the green growth is a currant bush with green flowers.

Zoomed view