After days of rain and gales I was able to get out and about today, it was still windy and a bit chilly but I managed to escape the rain.
It was worth the wait I had some good finds.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I found some Fluted Birds Nest - Cyathus striatus fungus. I am not kidding I have been to that very place at least 8 times in the last few weeks and never spotted them. I found them under a oak tree, in leaf litter, not the huge numbers that scriber has found only 7, but being a first for me I was well chuffed.
I found Cyathus olla last month. http://www.wildabouttheworld.com/gallery/data//518/thumbs/2008-09-06_Cyathus_olla.jp
The young porcelain fungi I had photographed last week had grown into the pure white we are used to seeing. There is so much porcelain fungus around at the moment, as sulphur tuft and Glistening ink caps.
Mycena pura has also been abundant for the last week.
I found another stinkhorn – my nose led me to it, and I wasn’t even looking!
I also found my first Xylaria polymorpha - Dead Man's Fingers on a log. I will have to check these out again when I get chance to see if they have grown a bit more. There was a cluster on the same log but the pictures didn’t come out so well.
There are also a couple of unknowns as yet.
1.The colour of this is a true likeness – believe it or not. This hollow cup (1cm diameter) was on sandy soil by a giant log pile under pines and beeches.
2.Could be one of the Marasmius sp. These are obviously on a beech nut so the fungi are tiny only about a 2mm cap diameter.
3.These were purple, and I wondered if they were very young jews ear/ jelly ear Auricularia auricula-judae? I have only seen orange ones before though. On a chopped tree stump the largest was 1.5cm.
Actually I am very lucky to have these photo’s and my camera – I left it in my bicycle basket in full view with my binoculars while I nipped to the market on the way home. I realised when I went to pay, and was so shocked and delighted to see them still there after I ran back to the bike.