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Linford and Ibsley – Fungi Abound

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

A beautiful day started with our usual walk from Linford Bottom car park and ending with a walk on Ibsley Common.

Cool at 7.30 in the morning from the Linford Road bridge

Cool at 7.30 in the morning from the Linford Road bridge.

Harry swims in the deep pool under the bridge

Harry swims in the deep pool under the bridge.

The spiders webs are hung with early morning dew

The spiders webs are hung with early morning dew.

The sun in Little Linford Inclosure gives an ethereal quality to the beech trees

The sun in Little Linford Inclosure gives an ethereal quality to the beech trees.

Further into the inclosure, the sun streams down through the younger beeches

Further into the inclosure, the sun streams down through the younger beeches.

The path ahead is rendered almost invisible by the force of the light

The path ahead is rendered almost invisible by the force of the light.

Fungi making use of the plentiful droppings

Fungi making use of the plentiful droppings.

In the leaf litter, a group of little puffballs

In the leaf litter, a group of little puffballs.

The huge fallen oak at the edge of Akercome Bottom displays a tangle of branches when viewed from it's top

The huge fallen oak at the edge of Akercome Bottom displays a tangle of branches when viewed from it’s ‘top’.

Vivid green water plants in the Akercome Brook

Vivid green water plants in the Akercome Brook.

Looking back, this tree is silhouetted by the sun and the cirrus clouds above give the impression of smoke rising from it

Looking back, this tree is silhouetted by the sun and the cirrus clouds above give the impression of smoke rising from it.

On a fallen tree over the Linford Brook, a new beefsteak fungus is bright pink

On a fallen tree over the Linford Brook, a new beefsteak fungus is bright pink. Too far along the tree for me to get a closer look, unless I wanted to risk a dunk in the brook!

Two ponies having a nose to nose doze in the morning sun

Two ponies having a nose to nose doze in the morning sun.

Under the oak trees, Harry, some cows and some ponies converge

Under the oak trees, Harry, some cows and some ponies converge. Luckily Harry is used to, and very well behaved with, the Forest inhabitants and they are far more interested in their destination to take much notice of him.

Up onto a sun drenched Ibsley Common in the evening

The old gravel pit on Ibsley Common, Whitefield Plantation above it

The old gravel pit on Ibsley Common, Whitefield Plantation above it.

In the opposite direction, Cranborne Chase bathed in early evening light

In the opposite direction, Cranborne Chase bathed in early evening light.

Skirting Whitefield Plantation, the sun starts to set behind the towering pine and birch trees

Skirting Whitefield Plantation, the sun starts to set behind the towering pine and birch trees.

In the dark undergrowth, a Bolete fungi

In the dark undergrowth, a Bolete fungi.

Back out on the common, red deer - at a distance - in the weird, almost pink, evening light

Back out on the common, red deer – at a distance – in the weird, almost pink, evening light.

A flock of birds pass in front of the setting sun

A flock of birds pass in front of the setting sun.


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