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Blackening Waxcap on the A9 - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As rare as Witches’ Hats

On the endless A9 as I travel north from Devon to Orkney the lay-by numbers help denote the passing of a day …

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

The quiet hunt

There’s something in the air today in Devon. It’s the merest hint of a dampness and a chill in the air whispering …

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

King Alfred’s Cakes

There’s an interesting fungus on this piece of dead wood. I’ve always known it as Cramp Balls, or Daldinia concentric, but my …

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

A walk on Orley Common

Orley Common is a true common – absolutely no-one owns it or has ever owned it – it belongs to us all. …

Mushrooms in the field - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mushrooms in the field

There’s something otherworldly about mushrooms. They’re more closely related to animals than they are to plants. A very different kind of life …

Waxcaps
Waxcaps
Waxcaps

Waxcaps

On Fitty Hill I’m surprised to find a wonderful collection of Waxcaps. These fungi are classic inhabitants of poor, unimproved grassland and …

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.