Maybe I spoke too soon – more fungi

Sulphur Tuft and Moss

Sulphur Tuft and Moss

As soon as I wrote my last blog bemoaning the lack of fungi at the woods, we have had a lot of rain and the fungi are starting to emerge in some numbers.

Last weekend, I found a wonderful stump covered with tiny little fungi.  It looked like a tiny fairy city.  Other logs were showing the sulphur-tuft fungi usually seen during October.  And there are a few clouded agaric in the woods, as well as some massive jelly-ear fungi on rotting elder stems.

It seems I spoke too soon.  The fungi are fruiting at last!

Fungi Forest

Fungi Forest

Fungi and Oak Leaf

Fungi and Oak Leaf

Magic Mini-Forest

Magic Mini-Forest

Tiny Toadstools

Tiny Toadstools

More Tiny Fungi

More Tiny Fungi

Miniature Toadstool

Miniature Toadstool

Toadstools: Tiny and translucent

Fungi on log

Fungi on log

There are a lot of fungi around at the moment – logs are covered with fungi of all kinds, toadstools sprout from the woodland paths and under the trees, and clusters of fungi appear at the base of hollow trees and old rotting logs.

Mycena fungi on log

Mycena fungi on log

The perpetual rain makes these little fungi into small and shiny jewels in the damp woodland.  Many are extremely small, just a few millimetres across, such as the mycena fungi on the log pictured above, and the tiny little toadstools on the woodland paths – these are only a few millimetres tall, and you can see their size in comparison with the acorn in the photo.

Tiny toadstools on woodland path

Tiny toadstools on woodland path

One of the best finds of the last couple of weeks was an extraordinarily delicate little toadstool close to our main building.  This beautiful little creation was so delicate that it was translucent, and you could see the green of the grass behind through its gills.  I chose to photograph it with a very narrow depth of field to show the delicacy of the markings.  Fungi are often overlooked, or taken for granted, but they can be stunningly beautiful.

Translucent toadstool

Translucent toadstool

Translucent toadstool

Translucent toadstool

Translucent toadstool

Translucent toadstool