Monday, December 31, 2012

F..f..f..f..fungi,fruit trees and fings in the forest...

I really didn't want to start another blog entry with another rant, but this has just been eating away at me and I know I'll feel better once it's off my chest.

Why are people so lazy/stupid/arrogant/uncaring that they are filling our beautiful county, and probably country, with their unwanted items?

On a recent walk I encountered dumped items that included: A whole raft of Christmas vegetables, a crate of wine bottles, a gun case, and by gun case I don't mean empty cartridge (although,I see plenty of those too) I mean a case for carrying a rifle over the shoulder.
There were empty drinking bottles, you know the kind that joggers always seem to be carrying. 

Then there were the ever-present, doggie bags hung in trees! All this in one little stretch of countryside- Grrrr.... 

To top it all, I came home to find it was recycling day and everyone had put their bins out the day before and the whole place looked like Armageddon!

Anyhow, by way of compensation, here's a recent shot of some unspoiled (looking) Kentish countryside...


Actually, the walks I take in the countryside are really beneficial and a great opportunity to think things through and just chill. They usually have a really calming effect on me, aside from the rubbish that is, oh, and the inconsiderate 'off the lead' dog-walkers. Those 'orrible,loud thingies that are supposed to scare off birds, the mountain bikers... I best stop before I alienate everyone?

I think I need to start saving for my own personal wood? Anyhow, time's a wastin' and we are almost into another year, so let's crack on!

Brain fungus anyone?

Tremella mesenterica

Now I think I'm safe in saying that this beauty is called 'Yellow Brain Fungus', although it isn't always yellow. Perhaps the eventual colour is relevant to it's maturity? I do know that there is also a T.lutescens that can be creamy white to yellow in colour and also T.foliacea which is browner.There is also T.aurantia that I know nothing of, aside from the fact that it is larger?

According to whichever research I can believe- this is either edible or inedible! I have read both in several publications along with one which says it is too insubstantial to be worth eating.

Assuming that the next picture is the same species, it is a lot paler and you will see highlighted is another(?) species of fungi on the same branch

I think if you look closely, you might be able to spot something very similar on the underside of the branch in the first shot? Perhaps they are related then?

Incidentally, from what I have read, this species seems to be connected with dead or fallen branches, but I can say that neither of my finds were on dead/rotting wood but were actually at head height on trees that were very much alive.

Here's some more that I found the same day, a very wet day by the way...

I assume that this is the same species at a different stage in its development?

And another vibrantly coloured example that was just pushing its way through the bark of what was this time a fallen branch...

And yet more...

Enough brain fungus-let's move on to some orange peel?

Aleuria aurantia
For obvious reasons, this one is known as the orange peel fungus and is a quite common,edible species. There is another,similar species that I'd love to find, Scarlet Elfcup.

There is a species that I'm seeing everywhere right now, mainly on fallen or cut silver birch. I'm not sure if it is Trametes versicolour? Which brings me to another point: I must make a resolution to try and improve on my lack-luster attempts at identifying not only the fungi but invertebrates as well through 2013.

Whatever species it is,it makes for a great subject when there's little else to photograph.

O.K. We have had brains and orange peel, so what next?

I found a few fruit trees still bearing the odd (very odd!) fruit and so this is what could be described as an over-ripe plum. Looks more akin to a prune to me?

Back to fungi for a second...

I think these are the remains of common funnel fungi. They were in the depths of local woodland and looked like they had been used as fodder for something?

As I wander around the woods,I often notice interesting patterns and shapes amongst the trees and shrubs...

From twists to prickles...

And from prickles to, well you tell me? What d'ya reckon?

This has been another topsy-turvy year for weather but I can't believe that spring is on the way already? However,I photographed this willow today!

Well that's about it. I'm away now to write to the local borough council to complain about the mess from recycling bins every other week and ask why it isn't possible to have bins with lids to prevent everything blowing away!

Meantime for anyone that's thinking I've forsaken invertebrates for good-not so, here are a few photos of mine to get you in the mood for a new season that's already creeping closer;

Chow for now...

A Garden Spider (I think)

A Horned Tree Hopper

A Painted Lady Butterfly


  1. Excellent blog again JJ!
    Litter - of any sorts - is an absolute bugbear of mine. Can neither understand, nor abide it! As for dog mess and bags, don't get me started! Lol!
    The variety of fungi is superb; I love all the Tremella species, but find them hard to ID!!
    Love those twists! Especially the last one (before the prickles). Also amazed to see the Willow 'flower'!
    As for the guess what - I'm going to say rain drops on a corrugated something or other! ;-)
    Best wishes

  2. Thank-you Maria-I seem to be saying that at the end of every blog entry! So pleased that you are still finding something of interest here,

    Yes, litter is a terrible thing and I have no idea what kind of person would want to do this, it's crazy. As for the dog owners, I have a dog myself but would never do such a thing and like to think I am responsible, as everyone SHOULD be?

    Yes, this is the earliest in the year I've discovered any willow as far forward. As for the 'guess what' Spot on! It's rain on a corrugated fence-well done you.


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