fungi

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 […]

Last year the Nature Conservation Council awarded me their Dunphy Award (link to ‘Nature wins’). With it came a prize donated by Crystal Creek Meadows of a two-night stay in their beautiful Kangaroo Valley eco-resort.  It has many laudable and genuine eco aspects and projects, and from the guest books, many appreciative and loyal fans.  I […]

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 […]

In my yard, amidst the green of grass, the brown of strips of windblown bark or fallen leaves, and the black of wallaby poo, you rarely see the colour yellow. Especially a yellow so bright as to resemble plastic. Naturally it drew me to closer inspection, which revealed small blobs of desiccated plastic. Aha! Weird […]

I finally stole half an hour to pull out some old tomato plants and onions add a bit of compost to the vegie garden — and look what I uncovered. Damn, I thought, more plastic that got into the compost and didn’t compost. But I couldn’t recall what on earth it might have been the […]

While the Woko rainforest may be green, slow walkers and careful lookers can spot dashes and spots of colour as the fungi which love rotting wood and leaves display their amazing variety. The flamboyant ‘flowerings’ of the orange coral fungi (Ramaria subaurantica) (left) were easy to see, unlike the single tiny orange cup (right) (Aleuria […]

Brown is not a favourite colour for me; I never wear it. I don’t even particularly like chocolate. My dad — and many others — was fond of a paint called Mission Brown. He also grew beans for market, of a variety called Brown Beauty, which I was allowed to help plant when I was […]

The weathered sandstone cliffs by the Goulburn River offer shelter to a variety of creatures. Those who aren’t winged must like easy access; I fancied these caves had steps — foot and hand holds — cut into the face below. Closer to ground level, smaller winged creatures — like native bees? or? — had chosen […]

Under the big stringybark tree the leaf litter is deep. It is home to a whole world of bugs and grubs I am sure, but also an incubator for some astonishingly beautiful fungi. The winter colours in vogue this year are striking — and both are new to me. This solitary smart purple number poked […]

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 […]

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