Fungi

Rainforests are often majestic and always green worlds of their own. Dorrigo National Park has a two-hour walk that takes you through such a world. While focal points like the Falls are spectacular, it’s the details along the way that fascinate me. Conical hanging birds’ nests? Or accidentally arranged lichen? Vines reach for the light […]

On stumps of felled or fallen trees and logs from such, this last week of rain has brought forth a cornucopia of fungi blooms of the strangest shapes. These ones look more like tiny shells and amber bluebottles. Others have the more expected ‘ear’ shape, when not being bubbles, so I can only assume that […]

On a visit to my friend Sharyn’s rural property, she showed me these cartoon fairytale fungi under the windbreak of introduced fir trees. No fairies or elves were sitting on these ones, but perhaps they missed the boat when the species (Amanita muscaria) was introduced to the NSW Blue Mountains for its undeniable decorative qualities. […]

Normally I have a view of a swamp, algae covered except where ducks forge a path. It’s the most permanent of a deliberately created wetlands complex of often dry depressions, built for flood mitigation with metal traps to catch debris. I don’t usually get to see white water or hear it rushing through the forest, […]

We’ve had lovely rain, which caused my garden plantings to literally lift up their heads in gratitude — and to visibly grow, instead of barely surviving. In between actual wet days, we’ve had damply humid ones, where rain promises/threatens, but remains undelivered. The perfect warm moist weather for fungi. I love these very visible clumps […]

Somewhat disgusting? Totally amazing! The first slime mould sighting in my new place. Filaments and networks forming a weird yellowish mass on the woodchip pile. The colour caught my eye, but only after I’d been stopped by another more familiar slime mould nearby. I think this is what is often called the Dog’s Vomit slime […]

Kind of creepily flesh-like, with its pairs of pointy-toed pink ‘legs’ and that gaping orifice;  kind of disgustingly gooey, with those red wet lumps, which yet are almost like the secretions of raw wounds. The pink fleshy stems add to the plant or animal dilemma (hence the ‘phalloid’ species). But the ‘yuck’ factor increases at […]

Wet, wet weather and just enough warmth still in the air to cause a whole new aspect of life to come forth and blossom … fungi. This beauty unfurled out of the top of a palm stump that has sat there unadorned for two years. Way down in the paddock, a smattering of white glimpsed […]

You have to be quick to capture some fungi at their best. This beautiful, delicately stippled and pleated limey-yellow trio appeared one morning in my mint pot at the back door. The next day they had wilted to an unimpressive brown. About a metre away these little Chinese-hatted soldiers had popped up in another pot. […]

April ended in soft showers and wild storms, sunshowers and sunny patches, gentle grey drizzle and roof-rattling torrents. We needed the actual water to fill the tanks and keep the creek flowing happily — and to fill my new pond. But we also received bonuses with this mix of elements. The most striking were the […]

This damp but still-warm weather is clearly enticing all fungi home and abroad to show themselves. They are the most unpredictable natural phenomena here, along with the slime moulds. I never know what surprise will pop up or where.  Like the little cluster above forcing its way out at the base of a pole set […]

When away from home, I often see fungi that are totally foreign to me and my place. I can’t identify this lot but I’m quite pleased they are foreigners as I found them grossly unattractive, crowding together as if they were feeding on each other. There were so many they were hard to avoid, and […]

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