This Birch tree is gradually decomposing.
It’s covered in Turkey Tail fungus, Trametes versicolor.
It’s one I remember from my childhood, although it’s changed its name from Coriolus versicolor to Trametes versicolor since the 1970s. Having said that, it wasn’t called Turkey Tail either. I remember it as the Many-Zoned Polypore.
It’s beautiful light and the brown autumn leaves set off the subtle brown stripes of the fungus perfectly, especially against the cracked grey bark of the birch.
I’m glad I was here to witness it.