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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 …

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

A Charcoal Burner in the woods

There’s a purple mushroom on the forest floor. No, not purple, lilac. No, not lilac, it’s blue; and it’s pink in the …

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. …

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

Stinkhorns

Stinkhorns are fascinating fungi. You can normally smell them before you see them. It’s the putrid smell of rotting flesh or something …

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 …

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

Parrots in the grass

I’m walking on Orley Common and there are parrots in the grass. No, not these kinds of parrots.

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 …

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.

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.

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 …