2016-261 – Turkey Tail Mandala

Turkey Tail Mushroom - photo by Michael Kuo
Turkey Tail Mushroom – photo by Michael Kuo

This week’s MotD theme: Fungi Fun

Michael Kuo, Ph.d, the principal developer of Mushroom Expert, captured this beautiful photo of this amazing specimen of Trametes versicolor. Look at all the cool curvy patterns and earthly colors throughout. Simply divine!

From MushroomExpert.com:

Trametes versicolor is one of the most common mushrooms in North American woods, found virtually anywhere there are dead hardwood logs and stumps to decompose–and, occasionally, on conifer wood too. Its cap colors are extremely variable, but tend to stay in the buff, brown, cinnamon, and reddish brown range. The mushrooms are strikingly “zonate” with sharply contrasting concentric zones of color, and the surface of the cap is finely fuzzy or velvety. Often the zones represent contrasts in texture as well as color, so that fuzzy zones alternate with smoother ones.

Inspiration for Today

Just like the concentric circles of the Trametes Versicolor, we too consist of layers upon layers of intricacies, complexities, and idiosyncrasies. Just because on the surface we present ourselves one way or another depending on the circumstances, hiding parts of ourselves in the process, remember that others are doing the same thing as well.

So truly, judging a book only by its cover deprives us of making beautiful layered connections with ourselves and others.

Happy Coloring!

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