During the Thanksgiving holiday, I traveled to Alabama to spend time with family and friends. We had a lovely time, and while there, I was able to hike a lot, sketch a bit, and take several photographs for later references.
It wasn't until I got back home and attempted to identify the fungus in my photo that I realized I totally blew it.
The fungus identification sites that I studied wanted to know things like surface texture (smooth, fuzzy, or rough?) and structure (rigid or flexible?) and size, things my photo couldn't tell me.
Things I didn't bother to find out in the field.
Granted, my excuses are valid. I was spending the day with two other moms and seven kids, so I was a bit distracted. Plus, I didn't want to ignore my friends to perform a botany exam. We were in the middle of a hike and needed to press on back to camp. Etc etc etc.
So yeah, my lazy-bones stopped and snapped a photo. And then moved along.
In all honesty, I do this a lot. Until lately, I've rarely sketched in the field. Instead, my typical pattern is to seek out subjects, spend a bit of time on identification (usually), and then settle in to do real work... which mostly involves a lot of daydreaming and observing.
And then I go home and forget a lot of what I just saw.
I recognize that this pattern has not helped me develop my sketching and observation skills as much as I would have hoped. To work on my (lack of) skills, I recently put together a minimalist sketching kit to get better at quick sketches in the field. I now see that I need to work on my field note skills, as well.
So, um, if you can help me identify the fungus in the photo, I would be much obliged. My best guess is Trametes versicolor, commonly known as Turkey Tail, but feel free to correct me.