Fungi

You have to keep your eyes wide open around here, for you never know what oddity nature will toss about unannounced. It’s been wet and cold and i’ve not been outside much, but at least there are some breaks today.  Dashing out to the woodpile during one of them, I squinted at a pale dab […]

There’s little flowering right now in my forest, but this pink one caught my eye. Hadn’t seen it before, and there was only one.  So, naturally, I got the camera and went closer. Which is when I realised it was a fungus, fleshy rather than flowery, fat-stemmed, the cap splitting into ‘petals’, lightly frilled, with a gill-fluted […]

Being Autumn, alternately damp and cold, then dry and warm, I’m on the alert for more weird and wonderful fungi.  These fleshy tree-huggers are new to me. I was taken by the way their lightly frilled skirts droop into points like nippled udders.  I think they are a type of oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, which […]

On my way out the other day I noticed  a bright yellow blob on the bark of a fallen tree by the gate. Must get a photo of that, I thought — but I forgot for few days. When I returned with the camera, the bright yellow had turned orange, with older purple edges and only small […]

Visiting a friend recently I spotted a solitary white ‘mushroom’ in the middle of their grazed paddock. It looked like the elegant parasols I have had at home sometimes. I took the camera over to investigate; the inquisitive sheep followed me. It’s an especially beautiful fungus, frilled and flocked and so purely white as it is. […]

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