Milking Bonnet fungi (Mycena galopus) growing from the leaf litter of the dull damp woodland floor. A lantern by which the woodland fairies might see their way.
Rush-hour Puffballs – Stump Puffballs (Lycoperdon pyriforme) clustered on the root stump of a fallen tree; all jostling for position like commuters during rush-hour.
Beautiful Lichens growing on an Ash tree – Lobaria pulmonaria (top right) & Lobaria virens (lower left) both showing presence of sporing bodies (apothecia).
Angel Wings – A beautiful group of almost white fungi growing upon fallen conifer timber. Believed to be Pleurocybella porrigens (Angel Wings).
With mild damp autumn conditions, beautiful Fungi erupt from forest floor. Here we have the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria). Beautiful, toxic & psychoactive; this toadstool has entered various folk-lore from Alice to Victorian Santa.
Chaotic Beauty – A jungle on a twig – enter the amazing symbiotic world of lichen – 3 species living as one colony. (Algae / Cyanobacteria – Fungi – Yeasts) Share List
Night Life (On Woodland Fungi) Consider, on walk through woodland fair; Beneath your feet, another realm’s lair. Mat of twisted tendril, all out of sight. Yet, as fall of sun bringeth night; Up rise forms in sound so mute. Pleated golden bodies to spread its fruit. Share List
Autumnal fungal emergences – A small cap and stem fungi hangs down from the underside of a fallen tree. Share List
The Recyclers – A striking group of forest fungi on an old fallen tree trunk. Beautiful to see but please be cautious and don’t sample the fungi whilst you’re exploring the woods. For example, these might look like Woodtuft but I suspect they’re probably Funeral Bell (deadly poisonous). Share List
Welsh Flora gallery, photographed by AnnMarie Jones. (The trees, flowers & fungi of Wales). Share List