Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Nature of Fungi - a photo essay

The Robertson Nature Reserve is famed for its fungi. Normally they are especially good in late autumn.

This year, when we have had winter rains, the fungi have held back their best displays until now.

A cluster of dark brown bracket fungi, growing out horizontally from the end of a dead tree trunk. This shot views them from above. Their white lips are distinctive.

A small brownish "Bracket Fungus", displays its unusual gill structure.

Actually you can only see this when squatting on your haunches, underneath the fungus, but lets not destroy the romance of hunting fungi images!

My personal favourite.

I like to call this tiny fungus a "Jellyfish Fungus". It is almost certainly a Mycena albidocapillaris, which name refers to the whitish hair-like stems. It's "cap" is less than 1 cm across, on a stem about 4 cm high.

There are many more fungi to take photos of, in the Nature Reserve, and as I gain in experience, I hope to show them to you.

I already have some others, which just need to be cropped down to blog sized images - when time permits.

I am going on a mystery bushwalk with Jim, now.

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