Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fiddle Wood 30-06-13

Myself and Michael Sykes has a short walk around Fiddle Wood this morning and managed to find an oak log covered in Pleurotus cornucopiae and which I must say, Michael captured perfectly.

Branching Oyster (Pleurotus cornucopiae) on Quercus robur.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

North Hollingworth 27-06-13

Michael Sykes and I found plenty of Bog Bells (Galerina paludosa) on our walk, all in various stages of maturity. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Broadhead Clough 26-06-13

I walked up from the bottom of Cragg Road up to the Clough and was quite happy to spend a couple of hours there in the peace and tranquility. However, I couldn't stay in one position very long or else swarms of midges appeared from nowhere. I found three Cordyceps, purely by chance in the leaf litter, which was surprising as I wasn't particularly looking for them and some very spooky looking Dead Man's Fingers.

Nettle Rust (Puccinia urticata). I found these two rather impressive examples, that had dramatically distorted the stem.

Brittle Cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) on a Fagus sylvatica stump.

Bog Beacon (Mitrula paludosa). Now that they are mature there heads are now very warty and convoluted.

Holly Speckle (Trochila ilicina) on an Ilex leaf.

Phacidium multivalve on an Ilex leaf.

Wolf's Milk Slime (Lycogala epidendrum).

Ophiocordyceps ditmarii - this was the first one I found.

This was the second.

This was the third.

I photographed them together at home, as I said in the intro, the midges were far too irritating to get a decent photo in situ.

Dead Man's Fingers ( Xylaria polymorpha), above and below on a Fagus sylvatica stump. In the photo below I think, they look like something out of a horror movie.

Moss Bell (Galerina hypnorum). 

Creeping Thistle Rust (Puccinia punctiformis), above and below.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Park Wood 25-06-13

I had a pleasant walk through the wood and I was pleased to find some of our favourite species of fungi we found last year, re-appear and I wish that Oliver had been with me when I saw the Scutellinia as he positively identified it last autumn, aged four!

Common Jellyspot (Dacrymyces stillatus).

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), spore print lilac.

Cap of the Oyster above and gills below.

Common Eyelash (Scutellinia scutellata).

Blackfoot Polypore (Polyporus leptocephalus), cap. above and pores below. The stalk you can see growing through the cap is a bluebell.

Chicken of the Woods/ Sulphur Polypore (Laetiporus sulphureus), above and below.

Collared Parachute (Marasmius rotula).  Taken in situ above, and in in better light conditions below.

Gills of the Marasmius rotula below.

Bay Polypore (Polyporus durus). A very aged example

Grooved Bonnet (Mycena polygramma).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cragg Road 25-06-13

Michael Sykes alerted us to the location of these Dryad's Saddles (Polyporus squamosus) on Cragg Road. We drove up and took a picture yesterday evening and Oliver was very impressed.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lumbutts Clough 24-06-13

Spring Pin (Cudoniella clavus var. grandis), above and below on Fagus sylvatica masts.
At first I thought there was just one, but when I started to look there were quite a few growing on the beech masts.

Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme).

Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum) on Fagus sylvatica, above and below.

 Ascomycete on a dead Rubus fruticosus stem.

Dead Moll's Fingers (Xylaria longipes) on Acer pseudoplatanus.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Centre Vale Park 21-06-13

I just had a very brief dog walk in Centre Vale Park and managed to find a few common species of fungi.

Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme).

King Alfred's Cakes/Cramp Balls (Daldinia concentrica).

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), cap above, pores below.

I added a little water to it at home and it flushed with colour.

Nettle Rust (Puccinia urticata).