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Russulas - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Beautiful Brittlegills

There are many brightly coloured species of fungi in Yarner Woods. These are all Russulas, to use their scientific name, or Brittlegills …

Bay Bolete - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Bounty of Bay Boletes

The ground on Trendlebere Down is full of surprises at this time of year. In amongst the understory of bracken and bilberries …

Dead Man's Fingers - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dead Man’s Fingers

I joined my local Natural History Society when I was 11 or 12 years old. It was full of retired men who …

Oakbug Milkcap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Oakbug Milkcaps

Oak trees are our most common native tree. They host hundreds of species of insects because they’ve had the time to develop …

Piptoporous betulinus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Cornish Pasty fungus

The Birch Polypore. Razor Strop Fungus. Birch Bracket. Like many fungi, this one has a range of strange and exotic folk names …

Fungus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

One minute it’s there…

There’s a fungus at the bottom of the garden: I’d love to identify it but it’s all on its own and I …

Monotropa uniflora - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Indian Pipe

I’m walking through a forest in Virginia. The trees here are magnificent. They are so much taller than I’m used to. In …

Clitocybe nebularis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mushroom clouds

There are Clouded Agarics, Clitocybe nebularis, all over this wooded slope at the National Trust’s Killerton House. They are chunky mushrooms, with …

Stilbella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s in a name?

Here’s the most wonderful fungus growing on a decaying slime mould growing on a piece of tree bark smaller than my finger …

Orange Peel Fungus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orange Peel Fungus

I’ve been going through some of my archive of photographs and delighting in some of the finds I made many years ago. …

Hygrocybe pratensis - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Killerton and the Meadow Waxcaps

Killerton House is a National Trust property near Exeter in Devon. I’ve visited quite a few times and seen some wonderful fungi …

Russula emetica - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chapeau Rouge

There’s a mushroom with a bright red cap in the woods. It’s such an unearthly red and the stem and the gills …

Mycena epipterygia - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Yellowleg Bonnet

We find a delicate mushroom on our fungus foray. That’s a relief, because this mushroom season has been very poor, with the …

Ink Cap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Perspective

Photography is all about perspective. Any subject can be rendered strange, unusual, unsettling, quirky or simply different by the slightest change in …

Pleurotus cornucopiae - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Oysters growing on trees

Wandering along the River Dart in Devon I see a dead tree brimming with fungi. They look like Pleurotus cornucopiae to me. …

Bog Beacon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bog Beacon

I’m in a woodland centre with a group of enthusiastic mycologists, with stereo microscopes, obscure expensive books on fungi and a packed …

Mushrooms in Pierowall
Mushrooms in Pierowall
Mushrooms in Pierowall

Pierowall Fungi

There’s a small patch of grass in Pierowall towards Gill Pier which is full of tiny fungi. They’re delicate, vibrant and rare.

Fungus Fairy Rings

Fungus Fairy Rings

In the disabled parking area of the 124th Orkney County Show at Bignold Park I spot a fairy ring. I’m always distracted …

Mushroom Magic

Mushroom Magic

A long walk along the cliffs to Noup Head. Giant mushroom fairy rings lie like targets on the fertile hillsides.

Pony Poo

Pony Poo

Allowing ponies into our field has finally had the much anticipated and appreciated effect. The mushrooms have come. What would we do …