Sunday, 31 October 2010

the last of the fungi...

It's official- I am a 'mycophile'!  My lovely sister has bought me the definitive guide - Mushrooms by Roger Phillips for the long winter nights ahead... I fear I may have to go back and reclassify some of my photos though.
The following are photos taken over the weekend and although it has been mild again it is getting  harder to spot the fungi due to leaf litter.

Trametes versicolor Turkeytail

Xylaria hypoxylon Stag's Horn or Candlesnuff Fungus

Xylaria polymorpha Dead Moll's Fingers- significantly smaller but just as revolting as Dead Man's Fingers

I think this is Gloeophyllum sepiarium Conifer Mazegill

probably Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus-attacks and kills living trees and shrubs

Tricholomopsis decora Prunes and Custard as opposed to Plums and Custard (on an earlier post)

Armillaria mellea Honey Fungus

I love the way this Birch Polypore appears to be bursting out of the bark

I think this is possibly the rather lovely named Pleurocybella porrigens Angel's Wings 

Friday, 29 October 2010


after the cold snap at the weekend we have had some wet and mild weather this week and the fungi have made a last bid-hooray! I came across a batch of stinkhorn eggs today (is that the collective noun ? -sounds appropriate anyway). The stinkhorns have pretty much remained elusive and the only ones I have seen have been well and truly eaten/beaten. I am going back every day if I have to,  to catch these before the woodland creatures have their way ( I am fully aware I'm beginning to sound a little obsessive now ). Watch this space   :  ).
There would have been a couple of photos of the 'eggs' but the memory card was left behind in the pc ( a regular occurance it would seem).

Phallus impudicus Stinkhorn eggs as promised-and boy do they stink

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


most boletes are characterised by a spongy layer of vertical tubes on the underside of the cap,many are specialised and only grow in association with the roots of certain trees

Xerocomus subtomentosus Yellow-cracked Boletus

Suillus bovinus Shallow-pored Boletus or Jersey Cow Boletes- mum and I stumbled across this at the edge of  pine woodland-unfortunately Milo careered into it and knocked the cap off before I had a chance to take a good look .Edible apparantly
something has clearly been having a good gnaw..
really struggling to ID this beauty-think it is possibly Tylopilus felleus Bitter Boletus

I was more interested in imagining which woodland creature had managed to make the claw marks on the cap without breaking it..

probably Xerocomus badius Bay Boletus

no idea!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

August 2010 -Scotland,Perthshire

there should have been a stack more photos from this beautiful part of the country-maybe next time

Sunday, 24 October 2010

January 2010 - South Devon


one very cold and wet mutt

probably the most photographed tree on Dartmoor-but hey..

Start Point in the distance

Saturday, 23 October 2010

October 2010 landscapes

I was intrigued by the fact that despite the impending rain, none of the cows were lying down-is this a myth (dad?)!

Within 5 minutes of taking these photos mum and I were inevitably caught out