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Thursday, 11 April 2019


I think this dogfish was landed by an otter - there are bite marks round the gills and I've read that otters often land large fish, eat a small portion and discard the rest.

Lesser spotted dogfish - Scyliorhinus canicula

Lesser spotted dogfish - Scyliorhinus canicula

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Autumn Advancing...

Fencepost of the Week #173

Autumn advancing in the background. #FencepostOfTheWeek

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Clump of Cups

Fencepost of the Week #172

Sunday, 21 October 2018


Fencepost of the Week #171

Long-forgotten fencepost, deep in the woods.

Sunday, 7 October 2018


Fencepost of the Week #170

Is this too much? I don't even know...

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Forest Light

Fencepost of the Week #169

Dramatically lit forest fencepost.

Friday, 28 September 2018

More Blobs

Every so often I find a strange blob of something growing in the woods. Trying to identify what they are is often challenging - it's hard to tell if they are fungi or slime moulds or something else entirely (eg. star slime from gutted toads.)

 But this week, with the aid of a slightly more comprehensive field guide, I resolved two of my longest standing mystery blobs:

Tremella steidleri
Blob 1 was an impressive gelatinous lump I found growing on the side of a mossy oak in 2007. Revisiting the site last week, I found a smaller but similar blob. It was right next to some Stereum hirsutum brackets, and looking through Tremella again I found this species which has a distinctive, knotty form, and a distinctive, frosty bloom. The way the ageing fruiting body disintegrates into slime might also be distinctive enough to aid in identifying similar blobs.

Postia ptychogaster - old, weathered specimen

Postia ptychogaster - fresh specimen

Blobs 2 & 3: One from 2010 and one from 2016, I couldn't figure these out until I was looking up a very ordinary bracket fungus from the genus Postia  and saw an illustration of Postia ptychogaster on the same page.