This morning I had again scheduled in a bit of time for some leisurely exploration on the Common. Needless to say, this resolution resulted in it being a dull and damp morning. However by eight o’clock the rain had (just about) stopped, so I went forth with my eternal supply of hopelessly unmerited optimism to see what I could find.
It turned into a fungal kind of day. This was partly because a lot of the fungus lives in the woody areas of the Common, which I selected as my haunt for the morning due to its protection against the occasional patter of rain. It was also because not much else was looking particularly photogenic today. As a happy aside I quite like the way that fungus sits still nicely to be photographed. In addition my adventures in the undergrowth afford me the opportunity to scare the young people who have absented themselves from the local college and are enjoying a quiet smoke in a secluded part of the Common. I would imagine that I am doing a great deal for the local college’s attendance figures: the students must be becoming quite afraid of skiving off onto the Common in case they are visited by the strange and dishevelled apparition wearing a woolly hat that arises wordlessly from behind tree trunks from time to time.
The only real downside to my festival of fungal photography is that it was quite muddy, and I am not very good at remaining in a clean and tidy state at the best of times. So it was that I emerged from my wanderings rather caked in mud and leaf debris, with twigs sticking out from my hat and hair, only to remember that I had to do the supermarket shopping on my way home.
To see more examples of my fungal fun please click on this link Fungi