PHOTOGRAPHER: Kerry Doyle
Most of the mass of these beautiful mushrooms (Mycene interrupta) lives out of sight inside the wood, breaking it down for food in a way that eventually releases its nutrients back into the ecosystem.
The fruiting bodies that we see here emerge first as little tiny blue balls, maturing with a white stripe around 1 to 2 cm long and 10 to 20 mm thick. They are fragile enough that they can be toppled by a moderate breeze.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the base of the stipe is attached to the wood host by a flat white disc with sometimes blue margins.