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.
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.
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.