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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Excitable May Beetles

Wildlife Wednesday #21

These May beetles were very excited about something - possibly by the presence of other May beetles - and wouldn't sit still for one second.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Tree-fetish Tuesday #22

Join me for a little adventure around the forests of Glenfinnart on the 15th of October, as part of Cowalfest.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Kilmun Arboretum

Scenic Sundays #21

Kilmun Arboretum is a tree-ish place - well over one hundred different species, and has been one of my favourite haunts for quite some time.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Cup-Lichen on Black

Fencepost of the Week #30

I was very pleased to see fenceposts and their accompanying lichens getting at least a little exposure in the news this week:

Monday, 19 September 2011

Angel Wings

Monday Mushroom #21

Angel Wings - Pleurocybella porigens
Pleurocybella porigens has been considered a good edible mushroom for many, many years. 

Then in 2004, 17 people died in Japan after partaking of an unusually large crop of them. 

Scientists have since isolated a toxin in the mushroom that might be able to cause the kind of brain lesions found in the victims. It is a very unstable molecule that would normally be broken down, but eating very large quantities of the mushroom could lead to poisoning - particularly in people whose kidneys are not functioning well.  Nearly all of the victims already had poor kidneys, and an average age of 70. 

It seems the deaths were caused by eating a glut of mushrooms that are normally only available in small quantities. The distinction between poisonous and edible fungi is not always clear cut.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Who Turned the Colour Off?

Scenic Sundays #20

It's been a bit autumnal and blustery of late - the weather seems to have washed all the colours away...

Friday, 16 September 2011

Monday, 12 September 2011

Polyporus badius

Monday Mushroom #20

Polyporus badius

Polyporus badius
Polyporus badius has pores so fine, that its undersurface appears perfectly smooth under all but the closest scrutiny. Polyporus tuberaster, on the other had seems positively spongy, even at a distance.

Polyporus tuberaster

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Down the Eck and Up the Massan

Scenic Sundays #19

Looking down on Invereck

Looking up Glen Massan

Friday, 9 September 2011

Striding Arches

Fencepost of the Week #28

A dark, little landscape on the side of a fencepost, deep in the forest.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Bring the Moss!

Tree-fetish Tuesday #21

You might not know it yet, 

And you might not agree,

But sometimes all you need is a really, really... 

...Really mossy tree.

Monday, 5 September 2011


Monday Mushroom # 19

Cortinarius alboviolaceus
There are many, many species of cortinarius and most are very difficult to tell apart - but this one, with its curious, silvery-purple skin is usually quite distinctive.

Some cortinarius mushrooms are deadly poisonous, in fact I suspect that one of the most common types growing around here is Cortinarius rubellus, but I couldn't be sure, as there are so many other reddish-orangeish-brownish cortinarius species in the books.
Cortinarius rubellus?

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Gairletter to Blairmore

I'm leading a walk for the Cowal East Paths Group next Sunday. If you fancy coming along, you'd be most welcome! 

Hopefully this will be the first of a monthly programme of walks and other events held by us. We have a website at where you can get further details.

The Other Side

Scenic Sundays #18

If you look out over the Clyde to the East you can often see another land on the farther shore. A mysterious place with things called 'towns' They are a bit like villages, only more.

This one is called Largs.

 'Fairy' boats will take you there, so I've heard.

Greenock - it's about the same size as a peat hag.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Eventide Classic

Fencepost of the Week #27

A fencepost of classical elegance looms from the crepuscular gloom.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Birch Weevils

Wildife Wednesdays #21