Back to my new game. Hunting and identifying fungi.
These 3 fungi (this one and the two above) were all found on my walk up the Thames yesterday.
The first is commonly known as "Artists Bracket Fungus" and can very often be found growing on dead or decaying Beech trees.
It is called Artists bracket as the bottom of the fungus is pure white, whilst the top is a dark brown.
If cut from the log and taken home, one can touch the bottom (white part) of the fungus (scraperboard fashion), whereby that point immediately turns brown, and stays that colour, preserving any design or artwork you may want to carry out - often done in ancient times.
You wouldn't want to eat Artists Bracket.