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Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year for many reasons – golden leaves on the trees, wintering birds returning from Scandinavia and the number of fungi fruiting at this time.
On the path I walk to meet my bird-watching group at Baron’s Haugh in Motherwell I was able to spot the following types of fungi. The photographs were taken on a Sony Xperia S phone, which I find is good enough for many photographs when I cannot carry my SLR camera.
This yellow-brown fungi grows in tufts in decayed conifer wood.
|Soft Slipper Toadstool|
breaking. It is black at the base, grey in the middle and white at the tips just like a snuffed candle wick.
|Fairy Ink Cap|
The Fairy Ink Cap is very small – between 0.5 to 1.5cm in diameter and 1 to 1.5cm tall. It is egg-shaped at first, then bell shaped and then flattens out.
It is beige when young, then turns grey and then black.
Unfortunately I never spotted the big red fungi with the spots!