Once again, I'm delighted to be taking part in the Nature Friday blog hop, as ever hosted by my dear friends Arty, Jakey and Rosy.
Today we are going to focus on mushrooms.
Just before my discovery of Dark Matter (see Monday's post), I had enjoyed a romp around the pinewoods at the base of Scolty Hill.
We've endured an uncommonly wet autumn here in NE Scotland, which means that the fungi at least have been having a ball. (Gail has banned me from using fungi/fun guy puns in this post...)
Allow me to introduce you to some of the many different species still popping up amid the ferns and mosses, under the dark forest canopy.
Let's see, what do we have here?
I do believe these are Angel's Wings. Gosh, there must be a lot of grounded cherubs around at the moment...
Oh and look, here's some Yellow Stagshorn, providing a welcome burst of colour in gloomy November.
And these next ones are, we believe, Velvet Shanks, an edible species, although Gail says we would need to check the identification very carefully before trying them for supper, as there is a similar-looking, but very poisonous type of mushroom.
Less attractive in shape and colour, we have Common Funnel mushrooms, which are, er guess what, common, and also funnel shaped (kind of).
And finally, a top a mossy boulder, we spotted these dainty wee things sprouting among the pine needles.
Lest you imagine that Gail and I have become overnight experts in different types of fungus, we must 'fess up right away and admit that our nice friend Carol, budding mushroom-ologist (or whatever the right word is) helped out with the identification. And if anyone thinks they know the names of the little and skinny stemmed ones above, please leave a comment.
Meanwhile, I have some important sniffing work to do...