Birch Polypore – Piptoporus betulinus, 2013

Found on a fallen birch in the woods north of Toronto. The goldenrod standing at right provides orientation to the horizontal treetrunk. Several view angles help emphasize the fascinating dimensional form of this fungal body. This piece was exhibited in the New York State Museum’s Focus on Nature XIII and subsequently accepted into the NYSM’s permanent collection of scientific illustrations. Watercolour, casein, acrylic, 14″h x 10.5″w. ©Kathryn Chorney