Sunday, 23 October 2011

Falling Leaves

So that’s another year done. There are still a few butterflies around, I saw a couple of Red Admirals during the week and Heather Martin sent me this picture.

The warm dry weather is also tempting the Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa) into flower. With the light on the woodland floor and good growing conditions perhaps these flowers are able to get a head start. Again Heather spotted this one in her wood.
The Botanical Recording season has come to an end too. I have had some fine days out with the Sussex Botanical Recording Society this year and visited places I would never have seen otherwise. So my heartfelt thanks to them for putting up with my asinine questions and corny jokes.

When the plants come to an end the mushrooms start. Here is the familiar Fly Agaric, (Amanita muscaria).

Another one well worth learning is the Death Cap, (Amanita phalloides), with thanks to Martin Allison of the RSPB who showed me this fungus in Fore Wood, Crowhurst.

And while I am on the macabre theme, this one is called Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria longipes), also seen in Fore Wood.

On a happier note, here is a Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) that I saw in Barnes Wood.
Finally, an old friend, the willow tree at the bottom of Barnes Wood in the autumn sunshine.

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