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2008-08-04, 18:05
I just returned from a 4 day camping trip in Red River Gorge in central KY. The first night we were hanging out on the "beach" next to the stream we camped next to. There was a large tree that had been washed down stream and had been sitting there for some time. We turned out our headlamps and my buddy noticed a small glowing spot (about the size of a dime) on the log.
We walked up to investigate and found, just under the surface, what appeared to be especially white wood. There wasn't any noticable hairs or special texture to it. However, when we turned out our lights it glowed pale green just like a glow-stick. We have never come accross anything like it.

Any ideas as to what it was? I'm going to see if I can't find something online.

Frolicking Dino
2008-08-04, 18:18

2008-08-04, 20:33
Yep i use to see that all time when i was kid. In the swamp old tree stumps that are rotten and brown its called fortress [ if i spelled it right ]

Frolicking Dino
2008-08-04, 20:36
Better article on this particular type of fungi: http://inamidst.com/lights/foxfire

2008-08-04, 20:43
That is exactly what the foxfire book series out of Rabun County is named after.


Frolicking Dino
2008-08-05, 06:53
The FoxFire books! I love those.

2008-08-05, 14:37
Fox Fire huh. That's some pretty neat stuff. My buddy thought for sure he had discovered something new and would soon be a millionaire. Heh.

2008-08-05, 14:43
.... and some mushrooms will make everything glow.

2008-08-05, 15:58
it's just phosphorescence caused by a fungus that grows on wet, rotting logs. very common down here.

Frolicking Dino
2008-08-05, 16:30
.... and some mushrooms will make everything glow.::: Dino seen in cow pasture reminiscing :::

2008-08-28, 00:42
::: Dino seen in cow pasture reminiscing :::

So that explains it!


2009-01-28, 13:28
we have them around our woods too.

2009-01-28, 22:30
Ours are Pleurotus ostreatus. The oyster mushroom that grows on wood. I only have the fancy name because I have the Missouri Conservation Guide. They seem to luminesce at night. I have a picture that I took after dark, but don't know how to post it. But it is not your foxfire. I have always wanted to see foxfire.

2009-01-29, 10:37
We go night orienteering out at Tyler State Park, Tyler Texas. About two years back, we were navigating an open forest area when our headlights seemed to make the forest floor, have little glowing dots in them. They were moving.... Yes, the wolf spiders were out in the area, hunting..... In Texas, our glowers...CHASE YOU>......

Remember this? (http://www.texasento.net/Social_Spider.htm#Photo) Wasn't too far away....

2009-01-29, 23:55
On one of our hikes, one of our friends taught us how to spider hunt. To see those little glow spots and find the spider. We had a blast. Then I realized how many wolf spiders per square foot...big ones....yikes.