Fungi Finds. ๐Ÿ„

My weekend was a cornocopia of fungi finds. In rainbow colours!

A lovely lady in Melmerby showed me the ones that have sprung up on the village green. If you have ever been to this Eden Valley village, you will know that the green is huge. It’s also home to lots of gorgeous wild flowers in the spring and summer. The green is managed like an old fashioned hay meadow. It’s a real haven for wildlife.

Hope these identifications are right. I used the I naturalist app on my phone to double check. I am clueless when it comes to fungi.

Scarlet Waxy cap.
Scarlet Waxy cap gills.
Glutinous Wax cap.
Pink Wax cap aka The Ballerina.
Apricot Club.
Smokey Spindles.

Definitely feel blessed to have been shown these. My favourite has to be the ‘ Ballerina ‘.

Later on Saturday Wil and I took a walk from Garrigill to Ashgill Force. To my delight we spotted these beauties by the brook.

Fly Agaric.
Fly Agaric.

And last but not least, spotted these at home in Clitheroe.

Common Bonnets ?

Have you spotted any unusual fungi near you?

39 thoughts on “Fungi Finds. ๐Ÿ„”

  1. I’m not really into fungi, the ones growing on dead trees give me the creeps, but the ballerina one looks quite pretty and I do like the red ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What beautiful pics!! Love that colourful red one. My mother was the mushroom hunter in the family. She would pick pails and pails, clean and then freeze them. We would have them fried with onions and cream on toast. Such a treat!! Iโ€™m afraid as a child I never paid enough attention and now can only identify morels (cause theyโ€™re so distinctive). This year wasnโ€™t a great year for fungi, it was too dry, but some years they just burst out everywhere. One of my favourite pics is of a tiny little mushroom that grew on my old wooden gate in the back corral. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Your mother sounds quite the mushroom hunter! I don’t think I would dare do any foraging. But there are so many varieties of fungi and just discovering new ones is a joy. X

  3. Yes, seen a lot this year – some really odd ones – quite otherworldly, I have taken a few photos but having seen yours wish I’d taken more!

  4. A lot of those fungi look highly toxic. I wish I could identify more of the safe ones, I’m only confident with half a dozen species. Maybe I should get one of those identification apps but not sure of how well iI’d trust it.

  5. Our local wood is very colourful at the moment, with the forest floor covered in Sickener fungi (you can tell by the name that it’s a poisinous one!) The bright red caps and white stalks are a lovely contrast to the dark green of the spruce and firs. It takes a long time to walk through the woods at this time of year when there are so many colourful fungi to spot and try to identify!

  6. What a great collection – it’s ironic how the one that looks like a toffee apple is so toxic! I have seen some very strange fungi growing on a tree I am fond of because we used to climb it as children. I don’t think it is a good sign.

  7. What a lovely selection of photos. I went on a fungi ID course once, it was looking at fungi that grow on grassland. I don’t think I remember a single one. It was too much information in one go I think. It is a shame that we don’t have what they have in France. Pharmacists can identify fungi over there so if you take a mushroom into a pharmacy they will tell you if they are edible or not, now wouldn’t that be good.

  8. Lovely & I think my favourite is the same as yours, as my colour is pink. Not much here in the way of fungi as it is Spring & fungi are definitely more prolific in Autumn. Thanks for sharing, take care, stay safe & huggles.

  9. What a great selection of fungi! Especially the ballerina one; that’s a beauty. It’s amazing what you can spot when you stop to look. As for which wild mushrooms are safe to eat, I’d only feel confident with a giant puffball as they are so unmistakable. Thanks for the tip about the I Naturalist app. I’ll definitely give it a go.

    1. Thanks for the comment Charlotte. There are some real beauties around aren’t there. I love the ballerina, so pretty. Hope the app helps. Identification of fungi is a bit of a minefield. X

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