I've been wanting to post this for a while, but could not find the name of the fungus, in the picture, until someone on Facebook helped me out today. Thank you, photographer Kim.
"And a great star fell from heaven burning like a torch",
- Rev 8:10
These little stars puzzled me for days. Did they fall from somewhere above? Is this what happens when one of those galactic balls of fire finally burns out? Apparently not, according to Kim and Wikipedia, they are what you would call collared stars.
It is a beautiful little fungus that finds itself at home among dead leaves and splits out into petals that would seem to imitate a star or a flower. As much as I stare at them; it looks like the star is staring back at me too.
I love walking through the woods and looking at the various forms of mushrooms and other fungi growing on trees or in this case on the ground at my work. There is a certain beauty in the entropy of things and complexity in what we normally would deem simple. I was glad to find these that day and still amazed.