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Friday, 29 November 2013

Hairy Post

Fencepost of the Week #63

The highland cattle have been enjoying this rather heavily eroded post.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Wildlife Wednesday #55

Phoenicoparrus jamesi - James's Flamingo
Flamingos on a salt lake in Bolivia.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Dyer's Mazegill

Monday Mushroom #55

Phaeolus schweinitzii - Dyer's Mazegill

This impressive, bright yellow mushroom, with mazey gills, can be used to dye fabric producing various shades of green, orange and yellow depending on the mordant.

Phaeolus schweinitzii - Dyer's Mazegill

Phaeolus schweinitzii - Dyer's Mazegill

Phaeolus schweinitzii - Dyer's Mazegill
The fruiting bodies dry out fairly quickly, but often last all year as a blackened, crumbling mess.

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Scenic Sundays #48

 This is Fionnphort, right at the westernmost end of the Ross of Mull.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Bog Beacon Redux

Monday Mushroom #54

Mitrula paludosa - Bog Beacon

I was so excited about finding a patch of bog beacons, that I blogged about them before I'd gotten any decent photos, so here are some better pics to go with this old post.

Mitrula paludosa - Bog Beacon

Bog beacons didn't make it into Skyrim - the follow up to Oblivion, but it does have several very fine fungi of its own including Fly Amanita and Collared Earth Star.

Mitrula paludosa - Bog Beacon

Friday, 15 November 2013


Fencepost of the Week #62

Cast adrift on the moors, this post no longer has any neighbours, it borders on nothing, is connected to nothing. Alone.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Wildlife Wednesday #54

Cercopis intermedia - Froghopper
Young froghoppers are the insects that produce 'cuckoo spit' - the little globs of foam you find in the grass. They live inside the foam for protection, but the adults - like this one - do without.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Autumn Colour

Tree-fetish Tuesday #43

Just a little autumn colour...

Chanterelle's Less Showy Sibling

Monday Mushroom #53

The regular chanterelles are over, but the winter chanterelle is still growing strong. They grow in much greater profusion than regular chanterelles, but are so like dead leaves in shape and colour (from a distance) that they are rarely noticed - even when growing in dense carpets.

Cantharellus tubaeformis - Winter Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubaeformis - Winter Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubaeformis - Winter Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubaeformis - Winter Chanterelle

Cantharellus tubaeformis - Winter Chanterelle

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Icy Trails

There were some pleasing ice crystal formations growing on my windows this morning:

Friday, 8 November 2013

Mooring Post

Fencepost of the Week #61

Mooring post for 'The Barge' a great little restaurant floating on the seafront in Tarbert harbour...

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Oh, Unfortunate Sea Slater

Wildlife Wednesday #53

Ligia oceanica - Sea Slater

This unfortunate beastie had been tossed over the sea-wall on to the road, and wasn't best pleased by my efforts to shepherd it back to brinier parts, either.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Pines of Formby Sands

Tree-fetish Tuesday #42

Formby Sands to Ainsdale nature reserve was one of my favourite haunts when I lived in Liverpool. Great fungi and wildlife, and beautiful, varied landscapes. The pines in this plantation have been busy carpeting the shapely sand-dunes with needles and cones...

Monday, 4 November 2013

Orange Peel

Monday Mushroom #52

A bright, little mushroom that grows on bare, stony ground - often at the side of dirt tracks and footpaths.

Aleuria aurantia - Orange peel fungus

Aleuria aurantia - Orange peel fungus

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Bad Weather

Scenic Sundays #47

Well, it's been pretty blustery round here over the last few days - here's some quick snaps taken while trying to keep my camera dry!

Friday, 1 November 2013