Queen's Birthday celebrations
Last Monday, Lucy, being a "loyal Pom" held a Queen's Birthday Party at her place. I did not take any photos of Her Majesty's loyal subjects, however, Penny sent me this none-too-flattering photo of myself (in the foreground, in blue tennis hat, eating a piece of Royal Birthday cake) with some friends, James, Steve and Andy (partly visible). Other friends, such as Sarah, Larry, Celeste and Emma (and Lucy herself) seem to manage to avoid the scrutiny of Penny's lens. (Ooops, I left Anni off the list - how could I? Now corrected. Apologies. DJW)
A very nice day was had, and Lucy deserves congratulations for arranging the weather to break, just for that Monday afternoon. It is raining and hailing again, as I write, and of course, we had 5 inches of rain prior to this event.
Largest Fly Agarics
I have ever seen.
The piece de resistance, was the way Lucy had arranged some very nice "Fly Agaric" toadstools to appear just near the gate, to welcome visitors. They were spectacular, and although Robertson is well supplied with this type of "Fairy Mushrooms" (under the very large Pine Trees here, mostly), these were the largest, and most tightly clumped I had ever seen.
My camera bag is posed there, for scale purposes. It is quite bulky, large enough to hold a camera with 3 lenses. The old toadstool on the left is about as large as they normally grow. The big one in front is huge - twice as large as normal.
Immature Fly Agarics
with the "covering" still
The immature toadstools of this genus arise from inside a covering which then ruptures, as the Toadstools expand. This is the source of the little white dots, or flecks, which are normal on these Toadstools, and which give them their distinctive appearance.
I have previously posted a series of photos which shows the entire range of development of these fungi - from covering just cracking, through to fully mature fungi.
Fly Agaric is known technically as Amanita muscaria, but is often referred to as the "Fairy Mushroom", or Fairytale Toadstool, because its popularity in children's picture books, illustrated with fairies sitting on these fungi.
Here you can see the red coloured skin just peeking through.
So, in honour of the Queen's Birthday event, and these spectacular Fairy Mushrooms, I propose that Lucy be dubbed the "Fungal Queen of Kangaloon".
My lawyers insist that no other implications , nor interpretations are to read into this title, which is entirely good natured. Also, it has been "cleared" with Her Majesty's personal Legal Counsel.