Rockford and Vereley Fungi
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Rockford Common in the morning. The warmer weather has allowed some fungi to grow again. Time to grab some photos before the frosts come back and kill it all off!
Heading up through Chately Wood into the sunshine.
Nature’s tapestry, mosses and lichen on the tree trunks in Chately Wood.
On dead gorse branches there is lots of this orange fungus – Tremella Mesenterica. Also known as Witches Butter or Yellow Brain Fungus. I think I prefer the name Witches Butter!.
Pretty little Velvet Shanks on old gorse wood (Flammulina Velutipes).
The underside of the Velvet Shank.
And some really tiny ones.
Some locals approach led by the tiniest of the group, a little Shetland pony.
I’ve always been very fond of this little lady.
Off to Vereley for our late afternoon walk to see what fungi we can find in the birch, oak and beech woodland here.
The towering beeches against the deep blue of twilight.
Lovely dark Oyster Mushrooms on a mossy old trunk.
On the underside lovely fluting.
The sun has set behind Picket Post and the sky is just the most beautiful colour.
I made a detour into the woods around Vereley to have a look for fungi and wasn’t disappointed, I found this dead birch tree absolutely smothered in Oyster Mushrooms. The low light makes flash a must.
Closer in, the clusters are huge.
From underneath you can see how the clusters are spiralled around the trunk.
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