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Laccaria laccata and Laccaria amethystina - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Deceptive

Walking through woodland in autumn is always a delight. The sights and smells are fascinating. I’m delighted when I find a Deceiver, …

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

Jewels in autumn leaves

There are warty jewels hidden amongst the leaves on the woodland floor. These are Common Puffballs, Lycoperdon perlatum. It’s always an impressive …

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

The Drumstick Truffleclub

There’s a fungus which is barely visible on the forest floor. It’s Tolypocladium capitatum, the Drumstick Truffleclub. It’s a parasitic fungus which …

Porcini - The Hall of Einar - David Bailey (not the)

Ceps, Porcini, Penny Buns

It’s time for strange unearthly shapes to emerge from the damp autumnal ground. Yes, it’s mushroom season. This year I’ve been fabulously …

Dryad's Saddle - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dryad’s Saddle

The Dryad’s Saddle fungus is one I remember from my childhood. It can grow huge. It has a beautiful scaly skin and …

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

Shaggy Parasols at Emsworthy Mire

There are Parasol mushrooms in the fields at Emsworthy Mire. They are huge, but not as huge as the dinner-plate sized Macrolepiota …

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

Waxcaps on the wane

We’re on a trip to north Devon, near Lynmouth, on an organised fungus foray. I’m particularly excited about the grassland here as …

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

Porcelain fungus

I stop the car in a small valley on Dartmoor. There’s an enormous fallen Beech tree and it’s covered with fungi. Glistening …

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

Waxcaps

Waxcap fungi thrive on damp, ‘unimproved’ grassland, or rather grassland which hasn’t be ruined by artificial fertiliser or herbicides. A trip to …

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

Dusky Puffballs at Emsworthy Mire

There’s time for a quick trip to Emsworthy Mire on Dartmoor and I’m delighted with the Dusky Puffballs there. Their scientific name …

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

Brown Birch Boletes on Yarner Heath

While I’m searching for Parasitic Boletes I stumble across a Brown Birch Bolete. They’re lovely mushrooms. They have scaly stalks, small tubes …

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

The Deceiver

The Deceiver. It’s such a great name for a mushroom. It’s has depth, a backstory and a certain presence. I love it. …

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

Egghead Mottlegills at Hound Tor

A trip to Hound Tor on Dartmoor reveals a special fruiting sensation of Egghead Mottlegills, Panaeolus semiovatus, or at least that’s what I think they are. I’d probably need to destroy …

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

Lordly Tree

There’s a particularly impressive oak tree in Abbotskerswell in South Devon. As the old joke says, it’s out standing in its field. …

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

Purple mushrooms on Dartmoor

I’m on an organised fungus foray on Dartmoor with the Devon Fungus Group and, yes, we are all exactly like you would …

Mycena epipterygia - The Hall of Einar

Yellowleg Bonnet

We’re having a field day. Or rather, I should say we’re having a woods day. We’re out having fun looking for as …

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

A tight bundle

There’s a tight bundle of curiously coloured mushrooms on this dead wood. It’s Sulphur Tuft. That’s such a perfect name. Their yellow …

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

The Elfin Saddle

We’ve taken a trip to Alviano to see the birds in the forest and on the lake. We had a fabulous time …

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 …