I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN

Saturday 2 October 2010


After yesterday’s continuous downpour today dawned bright and sunny. We were off out at first light. We strolled along for half an hour with nothing seen then we happened across a couple of Roe deer, they were off like a shot, long before I could get a shot. I was fortunate that Molly didn’t notice them. She can be gone an hour or more after deer. They only run for a hundred yards or so then stop, this allows her to catch up and on it goes.

On our way back to the truck I noticed a delicate little Toadstool so after breakfast decided it was macro fungi day. My initial thought was to include nothing bigger than my little finger nail. That went by the by pretty well immediately.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA    This giant bracket fungus is one and a half feet across and was too high up this Ash tree for me to see the top. Fill flash has done it’s job but to the detriment of the tree. I suspect it is Curry Comb fungus, used for brushing horses not for curries. We are in for much misidentification and mystification today. The problem is I’m no mycologist, in fact couldn’t have spelt it without my trusty wild guide.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA These are excellent value, there’s a complete series covering, flora, fauna, insects in fact anything one is likely to find on a wander out. They are always discounted to a few pounds so don’t pay anything like the cover price.

The big problem for me is am I looking at a baby one or a mature miniature, degradation is what I tend to go by but after yesterdays rain I suspect fallibility in this approach. Not to worry they are gorgeous things.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        This could well be a young Liberty Cap. No it isn’t I couldn’t be that lucky and the stalk isn’t long enough. Pessimist I am…………….. it’s a baby one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          I’m going for Moss Pixy Cap this one on it’s own…………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Here a forest of them, they are finger nail sized and neither edible nor hallucinogenic, very pretty though.

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA            This is one of the crumble caps Coprinus something. It is a quarter inch across and near perfect, there were some older ones not much bigger so I suspect this one is mature.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                 These two are the same fungi, again I can’t identify them but I’m hoping they are one of the many Bonnet caps.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                I am afraid that yet again I haven’t a clue, a milk cap or funnel cap maybe, it’s in near perfect condition.

That’s all for fungi, only so much ignorance one can display at a time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                A Rose Hip, they taste awful I don’t know how they get the syrup out of them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA               Elder Berries they taste little better.

Very wet is the ground today so I took a bin bag to lie on, a great idea saves one getting soaked…………..until you forget which is the wet and muddy side it does………….waste of time that was. I now have wet muddy clothes and a wet muddy bin bag.

Have a great Sunday.




  1. I'll type this now I've stopped laughing. I really should manage to read your blog every day (instead of storing blogs up as I sometimes have to) because it's always good for my endorphine count. All I've ever learned about mushrooms and toadstools despite Scriptor's efforts is that I'm unlikely ever to be able to name any of them!

  2. Great little mushrooms, I think they are magnificent. Of course, I wouldn't eat 'em.

  3. GB, no problem do a post like I do, don't let ignorance hold you back. Makes the readers feel better...........nobody loves a smart arse!

    Bob they are wonderful, very few would do you harm. All the puff balls are wonderful but don't take my word for it.

  4. Mamma mia Adrian, a new passion for you?
    I think that almost all of them are poisonous in a way...ha ha "nor hallucinogenic, very pretty "...
    ...but I understand that, I have a tarantula Brachypelma Smithi (my favorite pet)!
    I like very much "Liberty Cap" photo!
    Have a great weekend and best regards!

  5. Great shots of Fungi Adrian. It was a very productive walk by the look of it.

  6. Great set of interesting photos. I'll have to take your word for the identifications.

    I've made wine with rose hip syrup in the past - very nice it was too when left for a few years to mature.

    I bet you also had two wet and muddy hairy hounds as well ;)

  7. Cracking shots of the mushrooms Adrian. Well worth getting wet for. I'm no good at their ID, despite an expensive book.
    It looks impressive on the shelf though ;)

  8. We really shouldn't laugh. We should be thanking you for your commitment to our entertainment. You really did get down and dirty, disn't you?

    I love the little forest!

  9. Wind, desperation, I had to photograph something.

    Trevor, pastures of plenty!

    John, They are beautiful, I've tasted it and the syrup is nothing like the hip.

    Keith, cheers very difficult things to put a name to I agree.

    Pauline, I'm afraid so.

  10. Lol Adrian, at the wet bin bag and muddy clothes! I went out for a lovely walk yesterday, encountered many fungi and wondered how to photograph them at their own level - now I know.... must remember to take a bin bag with me next time, and to remember which is the wet side. :O)

    The photographs are beautiful and the fungi look exquisite amongst the moss. I love the little 'forest'. Thank you for recommending the Collins guides - I must get myself some of those.

  11. Lesley, they are exquisite, so small and delicate. The Collins Guides are good value, available widely at around the £3/£4 mark cover price is around £10.00p but I've never seen them for sale at that.