Life is orange...
Who ate the rest of the orange?
A turtle? A snail? No, an old fungus
Must have needed a lot of hair product
Let it all rust
Rocks have goosebumps
The "granulated" lichen #1
The "granulated" lichen #2
Wriggly, wriggly worms
As good as rock
Shine on you crazy diamond
Better than a camel
What do you call a colony of fungi?
What a spread!
Pretty much covered in it
Showing its age
Mother and son
Does red mean danger?
Parasols for ants?
Stairway to heaven
I'm looking at you
Coat for a dead twig
Eat your heart out
We're not holding our noses
Shhh! Don't tell anyone we're hiding here...
Look Ma, no hands!
Yoo hoo! Look at me
We live in colonies - 2
We live in colonies
Life is s*it
All hands in the air
Close to the spores
There's still life in an old friend
Caramel grows on the forest floor
Burn no more
No peanut butter here
Lower our heads
Be my baby
A troop of bullies
This costed a lot of money
Just do it
Not even old pearls
Pleased to meet you
Hiding under the ferns
Not drowning, waving
While ascending a rather steep bush track in a dark Blue Mountains valley, I noticed some fungi high up in a tree a little distance from the track. A babbling creek was close to the base of the tree and the fungi appeared to be waving to passers-by. Hence the caption (which Aussies would recognise...)
Don't go breaking my heart
A pair of bracket fungi nestle close to each other while a few juniors lounge nearby. This (high ISO) photo was taken in the gloom of a temperate rainforest valley in the Blue Mountains where very little light penetrates to the bottom.
Meringue grows on trees
I've been watching this tree for many years. It is in the bush close to home. The same tree was host to a Phellinus robustus growth. As that affects the heartwood, this tree was doomed. There were no leaves on it and it was probably dead but still upright. On Thursday's wild winds (the same one's that fanned the bushfires elsewhere in NSW), the top half of this tree came crashing down. Yesterday, I came across the tree and noted this fungus on the toppled parts on the ground. Looks like meringue, doesn't it?
Step this way
Came across a tall dead tree on my bushwalk last weekend. The bark showed deep furrows where it was drying out and cracking. Also noticed these lovely bracket fungi, three of them in size order, as if made to be steps for some tiny creature! ;) They were quite delicate and thin and the sun was shining through them showing patterns of lighter areas.
Hey! Who took a bite?
Came across a long dead tree that was covered with moss and had a few of these little mushrooms poking out of the mossy surface.
Stack 'em up
A nice stacked collection of Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) on the stump of a small dead tree.
Biscuits for me?
A trio of little mushrooms growing on an old dead tree. They look like some tasty baked delight, like freshly based biscuits (or cookies to the American folks).
Rising above the mire
The majority of this photograph is horsesh*t. Literally. Today I set out on a bushwalk in an area of National Park that allows walking of horses on restricted trails. Mere metres from the start, I spotted some dung that had two very tiny fungi on it. The translucent umbrella-like mushroom you see here is all of 3-4mm in diameter. It was so delicate that the slightest breeze set it bobbing. And yes, I had to be very close to the dung to take this macro, and must have got some on my knees and elbows ;).
Just as well I photographed this when I did. I had gone just a kilometre when a thunderstorm struck. I was completely soaked in seconds. Normally I would have carried on but the drops got larger and larger and I suspected hail was not far behind and waded through the now flooded trail back to the car. No more dung, no more fungi... Just this high-ISO shot.
See what I can do to myself
Now and then I come across fungi growing on the lawn in a corner of our backyard. I know that means the soil needs aerating and all that - I'll get around to it some day! ;) Today I saw a few of them there and got right down to mushroom level and photographed a few of them.
It is quite surprising how quickly these fungi emerge and then in just a couple of days start self-digesting (see the slime dripping down), the gills start turning black and the fungus disappears very soon. It does this to release its spores. I think this is possibly Coprinopsis atramentaria, which supposedly can be eaten but is poisonous when consumed along with alcohol (hence one of its common names is Tippler's Bane).
I know you were there just to trip me
I stumbled over this old tree stump, and the half mushroom at bottom right was the casualty. The stump was right in the middle of an old bush track, and it was quite dark under the dense tree canopy. I turned and looked at the stump quite sternly, and noticed some dark shadows on the side of it. On closer inspection, they turned out to be dark coloured mushrooms, a whole colony of them!
Taken with a zoom lens because my favourite go-to lens, my 105mm macro lens, has unfortunately been afflicted by fungi on one element (so appropriate, considering my using it to photograph fungi) and has gone off to Nikon to see if they can rescue it. I don't know if it is because of the damp, wet conditions it is in when I'm in the bush or some other reason. :(
Do you feel lucky, punk?
Came across a whole lot of these orange-white brackets on a tree that had died in a bushfire (which you can see at the top of the frame). Looked it up and I believe this is called Curry Punk (Piptoporus australiensis). These brackets turn completely orange with age and then exude a saffron-yellow juice and give off a distinct curry smell that increases with age. Nature is strange!
I'm a bracket, not a shelf
A bracket fungus in a forest collects some Casuarina debris.
Don't like the slithering blues
Came across some beautiful blue small fungi today. Normally I would not have presented them this way - would have moved aside the obstructions you see and got a clear shot. However, less than a minute before this, I was startled by a juvenile Brown snake. I had been happily crawling into the undergrowth to photograph fungi but after the snake, I didn't want to hang around too long considering that snake was just a couple of metres away in the undergrowth! And that was not the only one - came across another a short while later.
Today's bushwalk was fantastic from a fungi point of view. Restored my faith that there are still fungi around, having not come across any for a long time. I was in dense heath in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, and came across so many numbers and types of fungi that after some time, I had to stop photographing them.
One of the first set of fungi I spotted on my bushwalk last weekend. This was on a live large shrub but judging from the fungi on it, I suspect that plant is not long in this world. In this photo, the orange fungus I have seen before - possibly Orange-peel Fungus (Aleuria aurantia). Was pleased to see something new - the white coloured fungi. At least, I think they are fungi but could very well be lichen (but then lichen have a fungal element too - the mycobiont).
Not someone's orange peel
Found quite a few of these mushrooms growing in the dense, soft mat of fallen cladodes beneath Scrub She-Oaks (Allocasuarina) in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. Couldn't find ID.
Fan on a stick
On today's bushwalk, I spotted this beautiful mushroom specimen. Thin, tall and delicate, it was like a supermodel. It was hidden in the undergrowth on the side of the track and I saw it only because I was investigating a polypore nearby. It was white with a scattering of sulphur yellow powder, with the top like a fan or parasol.
Fan on a stick - 2
This is another view of the thin, tall mushroom that I found on today's bushwalk. It was around 70mm tall. I came across it on a segment of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove National Park, not far from home.
I worry too much. Just a few weeks ago, I was worried that all the fungi had vanished, never to return, but in the last three weekends' bushwalks, I have found (and photographed) enough fungi for a year! Today was absolute fungi day. If I had photographed every fungus I spotted, I would have been on my hands and knees for the entire 12km of today's walk!
So many claim to be king
It was a very wet day today and I was all kitted out for a bushwalk in the rain. Had to keep all gear dry with rain covers and the camera was under my jacket, brought out every time I took a shot. Was an excellent day's fungus hunting - came across so many species that I lost count. Encountered many specimens of this crown-tipped coral fungus (Artomyces austropiperatus). 6 frame focus stack macro.
Wouldn't be out of place in the Little Shop of Horrors
Was very pleased to come across 2 of these Anemone Stinkhorn or Starfish Fungus (Aseroe rubra) - never seen them before. A native of Australia but also found elsewhere. This slimy fungus is very short lived and emerges from an underground egg-like sac. The slimy brown liquid bears spores and stinks of rotting flesh which attracts flies, thus spreading the spores of this fungus.
This is a high-ISO shot. It was raining too heavily for me to pull out the flash so had to be content with a quick photograph in the gloom of the undergrowth under the Coastal She-Oaks. The leeches were having a field day today - I had to be on the constant lookout as I had multiple leeches on my shoes at any time, trying to win the race to the socks/leg boundary before I flicked each off (gets tiresome after a while when you have to do this for a vast multitude - well over a hundred today - of the blasted things).
Stand in order of height
During last weekend's productive bushwalk, I came across a few collections of this
Apricot jelly fungus (Phlogiotis helvelloides). This one was on a tree log placed at the edge of the track. There were hundreds of these little jelly-like lollipops on that log. Looks like a springtail on the largest of the three main subjects here.
Dislocated brain (top)
On a recent bushwalk a couple of weeks ago, I came across this polypore fungus that had perhaps been dislodged from the tree above during a storm the previous night. I found it quite interesting that the entire body was floppy like a sponge (which it did look like) and lacking the tougher "skin" that I am accustomed to seeing on such conks (such as Ganoderma). Perhaps this didn't develop correctly and that is why it dropped off. I inspected the sponge-like body and photographed all three "sides" - the top (this one), the bottom and the back (the side that was attached to the tree). Wasn't a small specimen - the back (the flat side you see here on top) was 18cm long.
Dislocated brain (bottom)
On a recent bushwalk a couple of weeks ago, I came across this polypore fungus that had perhaps been dislodged from the tree above during a storm the previous night. I found it quite interesting that the entire body was floppy like a sponge (which it did look like) and lacking the tougher "skin" that I am accustomed to seeing on such conks (such as Ganoderma). Perhaps this didn't develop correctly and that is why it dropped off. I inspected the sponge-like body and photographed all three "sides" - the top, the bottom (this one) and the back (the side that was attached to the tree). Wasn't a small specimen - the back (the flat side you see here at the bottom of the image) was 18cm long.
Dislocated brain (back)
On a recent bushwalk a couple of weeks ago, I came across this polypore fungus that had perhaps been dislodged from the tree above during a storm the previous night. I found it quite interesting that the entire body was floppy like a sponge (which it did look like) and lacking the tougher "skin" that I am accustomed to seeing on such conks (such as Ganoderma). Perhaps this didn't develop correctly and that is why it dropped off. I inspected the sponge-like body and photographed all three "sides" - the top, the bottom and the back (this image - the side that was attached to the tree). Wasn't a small specimen - the back (the flat side you see in this image) was 18cm across.
Another autumn bushwalk, another day of lots of fungi. Was walking along when I noticed something golden to my right, some distance off the track. Went closer and saw these beautiful little golden 'shrooms, two clumps of them. This is the smaller clump - the other had several times as many 'shrooms, but this one looked aesthetically better, like one happy family. Had to be a little careful as there were several ant-nest funnel-type openings just in front of these 'shrooms, and I didn't want to disturb them because that would trigger a swarm, and with I being on my hands and knees, that would have been very undesirable! 5 frame focus stack macro.
High rise development
High rise mushroom development or fungi orgy? ;)
Huff & Puff
I don't come across puffballs very often so was pleased to come across this pair in the Garigal National Park in the north of Sydney. They were not mature as yet, but when they are, the aperture opens up and spores are released "in a puff". I think this is Scleroderma citrinum, a puffball fungus that is brownish yellow and has a a dark purplish interior, the peridium (protective outer layer) being covered with small warts. It has no stipe (or stalk).
Came across this cute little mushroom in moist leaf litter. The mushroom looked almost as if it had been baked till nice and brown on top...
No idea of ID. Two frames manually focus stacked.
I see you coming, mite
One of the things I often notice is that fungi in the bush have flies or other insects on them. Fair enough, they need a feed too, but flies are over represented in the creatures feeding on the fungi. Here in this macro shot, we have a fly that's been frozen in time by my flash while sitting on a mushroom that appears to have solid material overflowing, as it were. Note the Red Velvet Mite on the bark on the left. I don't think it was interested in the fungus - it just passed by as I watched. I think there are a few more bugs here - there is one lower down on the stipe. 3 frame manual focus stack.
Red is the colour of blood... and mushrooms
Came across this small collection of bright red mushrooms in a damp area within Garigal National Park in northen Sydney. The area was off the track and had a small water source nearby. They appear to be past their prime but the colour attracted my attention right away even though the specimens were quite small. Possibly from genus Hygrocybe.
Lying down on the job
Came across this curious looking fungus. It had been pulled out of the ground, or knocked over. It was off the track in the bush so not likely this was done by a human, more likely by some animal. The shape was unusual and looks like some thing(s) have been chewing on it near the tip on the right.
It's rude, isn't it?
I'm a mushroom and I hate this game. See this:
Born from a star
I was quite pleased to find this pair of fungi in the bush on a very wet day because I've not come across them before. These are two specimens of Collared Earth Star (Geastrum triplex), which is a form of puffball. It has two layers, the outer, thick exoperidium, and the inner "egg" (endoperidium) which carries the spores. The latter are released from a raised pore called the ostiole. The exoperidium opens up and splits into about 8 'rays' and when the fungus is mature, forms a saucer shape, as you can see here. In these two, the ostiole is open and the spores have already been released.
This high ISO shot was taken in a hurry as it was really pouring and I coudn't pull out the flash and take a detailed tripod mounted shot.
Hey! Could someone turn gravity the right way around?
Found this little fungus (you can judge the size from the blades of grass next to it) that appeared to be growing sideways and the cap has developed very off-centre because the stipe is along the ground. From the pores visible under the cap, this appears to be from Boletes but don't know ID.
Hey! Could someone turn gravity the right way around? (2)
A view of the Boletes fungus (see earlier) growing sideways, as viewed from the cap end.
The fly appears to be proclaiming its triumph to the whole world on the vanquishment of the evil spider! All this on the tableau of a little mushroom.
5 frame focus stack macro.
Oy! Move over! My turn to be on top
Members of a fungi gang fight for ascendancy at the base of a big old tree.
OK, lean into it...
This family portrait has all three members leaning to the right, like the whole family emulating the Leaning Tower of Pisa. No, the photograph is not crooked, they were actually leaning!
Hellooo! Mind if we drop in?
A collection of tiny Red Bonnet mushrooms (Mycena viscidocruenta) were hiding in grass next to a wooden garden bench. It was raining quite a bit at this time and you may see the signs of a couple of splashes on the lens.
We serve at your feet
At the base of a mighty old tree, some Fairy Bonnets (Coprinellus disseminatus) nestle at the feet of what I think are a few mature Milky Cone Caps (conocybe apala).
Found this Bolletelus emodensis where it is always found - growing directly out of the base of a tree.
It must be love
Two mushrooms nestle close to each other in leaf litter on the forest floor.
I'm tired of showing my teeth, I'm gonna split
A mushroom I found in the grass on a track while on one of my bushwalks.
Hi, I'm Bashful
Came across this fungus specimen that I think is some form of Boletes judging from the pores on the underside of the pileus.