|Even the recently coppiced chestnuts are producing crops|
I have been in love with this many branched family of the woodland floor for years, so excitement creeps into my soul in Autumn. The fungi family are nearer to animals on the evolutionary tree of life than plants, one can hardly say a near relative but one who took a different branch line. What is it about them, they have soft colours, not always necessarily so, Schroomworks blog from America came in this morning rejoicing about their appearance, a great cluster whose local name is 'strawberries and cream' were pictured. She dyes with mushrooms creating soft shades of pink, blues and greens, though what colour she gets from these monsters, I am not sure.
|Hydnellum peckii rather grotesque; Wiki entry|
Yesterday we set off for Blakes Wood to find sweet chestnuts, and there is a great collection of them, this year's bounty in wild fruits and nuts has been spectacular. LS spent more time picking them than me, stamping on the prickly outer covers to get to the nuts snuggled so neatly inside but my nose was to the ground looking for mushrooms.
There is a mathematical perfection about the gills, and as I don't pick, my only way of getting underneath the cap is to lay the camera on the ground. Puffballs galore, the slightly brown capped ones, we have never picked them I fancy the larger whiter one, which I think grows out in the open. According to the book, you have to be careful of not confusing puffballs with earthballs. Well I can identify the stinkhorn (hopefully), and we found two small blue ameythst deceivers, very pretty, and a rose coloured russula . No fly agaric where it normally grows.
|Down the lane and into the woods|
|Little assemblies of mushrooms just like a settlement|
|Old lichened wood|
|tiny cap emerging|
|Alfred's cakes?, this particular fungus likes a different tree.|
And just to finish off Beatrix Potter wrote a book on mycology, illustrated with her drawings, of which you can find many on the web......