I do love a good fungusy twig. Here’s one with Purple Curtain Crust, Chondrostereum purpureum, rippling on it like a cuttlefish. Don’t you love that funky purple edging?
It’s 46 years since I first saw it and noted it down in my childhood nature notebooks. Here it is from 27 November 1976. It had been a very hot summer:
I like my very obvious comment, “Like Stereum hirsutum but purple”. Stereum hirsutum is the Hairy Curtain Crust (although its English name is a modern one). I found it on the same day, and here it is: