Chocolate Bread Dough Yellow Frillies Witch's Butter (someone else came up with this name) - a jelly fungi. Squeeze and it slimes all over your fingers. Purple Umbrellas
Dead Man's Finger - That's it's real name, and apparently it's fairly rare since the naturalist was excited to find it. I would have called it Duck Head myself.
Frilly Pumpkin Turkey Tails
Birds Nest - this is the real name. If you brush against them the "eggs" burst and the spores are released to the air.
More jelly fungi White Branch Straddler - it only grew on the bottom of this small branch.
Shelf fungi are fairly common, but this one was quite large. The naturalists pulled one from the tree trunk to show us its root, which was larger than his thumb, as you can see.
Little Orange Pearls
We found a tree at Bernheim that had 10 or 12 different kinds of fungi along its dead trunk. Between the hurricane in Sept 2008 and the Jan 2009 ice storm, Kentucky has an abundance of dead trees. A real fungi feast! We noticed that the fungi and lichens tended to start growing in the crevasses in the bark. You can see them lined up in rows - first a row of Turkey Tails, then a row of green moss and lichens.
One of the nicest things about fungi is their willingness to pose as long as you need for the perfect photo. They don't blow in the wind, and they don't move around just as you take the shot. I appreciate that in nature!