I am joining Amy's "Five on Friday" today.
If you are new to my blog I would like to explain that in a recent post about My Favourite Pouch I mentioned that Darling Hubbie, our neighbour, and I went on a "Fungi Hunt" with a fungi expert, a City of London Commons Ranger, and a like-minded group of people a few weeks ago.
On that earlier post I showed a couple of photographs of the fungi we saw on that walk, and today I would like to share some more!
|I think this was a Shaggy Parasol!|
This is where our walk began!
We gathered at this entrance to the Common, and, as I doubted the people on the walk would want their photographs displayed on my blog, this photo, taken a few days later, shows our meeting place and start of our walk. And, no the sweet little cat did not join us on the walk!
There were plenty of fungi to see, and these pictures are just a few of the more unusual ones. I can't promise I have the right names, I jotted them all down as we all walked and talked, but things moved fast, and there were many fungi to be seen, and lots of people chatting at the same time.
At the end of the walk our expert estimated that we had seen approximately 50 different fungi - don't worry I'm not thinking of showing all of them here, even though some were really quite lovely!
The fungi in the following two photographs are killing the tree they are growing under or upon, respectively.
|The dying tree.|
|The dying tree from another direction.|
Three - Waxcaps
I investigated Waxcaps on the web and found a very interesting link which informed me that all these Waxcaps are sensitive to pollution and nutrients and would disappear if the land is treated with chemicals.
|This is a Pink Waxcap which our guide told us was really rare!|
Young Red Waxcap
Four - Some miscellaneous Fungi!
|Fairy club fungus, also known as Apricot Club.|
This is a very unusual lichen which is only found where
there is very clean air, called a sploge fungus.
Not sure of the name of this fungi - it could
have been a relation of Snapping Bonnet
You will need to click on the above photograph to see it better, it is not just a mass of leaves, there are tiny white stalk-like growths - which are fungi!
|Apparently this has a nickname of "King Alfred's Cakes"|
or "Cramp Balls"
This next fungi is without a doubt the prettiest!
Our guide named these fungi at the time of our walk but as she didn't spell the names out I jotted them down quickly and have since spent a very pleasant evening looking them up on the web!
Five - Teachers Homework!
|And this is our guide's basket of homework! She said she|
was taking them home to read up on these further.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the fungi we found on our walk in the countryside!
We used to eat certain fungi that we were confident were edible, but recently we have become more nervous, and now we only eat the mushrooms we buy in the shop, but I'd much rather be able to grow mushrooms in our own garden!
Do you or would you eat fungi you found growing in the wilds?