Fungi

Spring and summer are my favourite time of year. I am no great lover of cold weather (although I make an exception for snow and ice, provided I have my hand warmers with me), and the warmer months bring with them my beloved dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies (who can be seen on other pages of this site). So, when autumn comes along I am always a little sad. One great compensation for me though is the opportunity to find and photograph fungi. The tiny mushrooms and toadstools that pop up all over the Common are  quite beguiling. They also have the advantage of staying still whilst I photograph them, which is quite a welcome change from the behaviour of the insects I have been chasing over summer. They are also usually located in shady woodland areas, providing me with some protection against any rain that is dampening my spirits. They do bring with them new challenges to my sartorial elegance though. Throughout the Autumn I can be identified by my muddy trousers and boots (from kneeling in the undergrowth admiring these little beauties that grow close to ground level), and the twigs and leaves that mysteriously make their way into my hair and hat as I wander through the wooded areas of the Common.

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Thank you for joining me on my muddy fungus finding trip. I hope you have enjoyed yourself, and please check that you don’t have too many twigs in your hair before you move on to the next part of the Common!