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This common ground fungus, Slantius, is brown and non-descript during the warmer months, but during the cold winter its surface turns a blaze with reds, oranges and yellows.
It does this to protect itself from the rapid thawing and refreezing that its dark surface would incur from the winter sun, just like the Osier Dogwood so common in this area.
The “beard” on its posterior is from last spring’s growths, dormant in winter.

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