Wednesday 17 November 2010

One last show of autumn?

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Wet, dank, damp, cold day and Shep walks upon this fungi, which I thought would be easily identified due to the striking colour and brightness but obviously my book and myself are not good enough to identify what it was I had stumbled upon. So bright in colour it truly stood out on what could only be described as a rather depressing early winters day. What exactly it is I don't know but I couldn't help but photograph it. I almost felt that it was like a sign; a sign of cheer on an otherwise cheerless day. So bright and vibrant, tucked tightly into the bankside, sheltered from the elements it stuck out like a rose in a bed of thorns. Truly beautiful.
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  1. Then tucked away in woodland where I had wandered to seek further shelter during my ramblings I come across more natural beauty, the above (which I again cannot identify), it truly was gloomy wandering through a dense wooded area but the colour of this dainty, fragile fungi again jumped out at me, so vibrant and cheerful on what could be taken as a less than cheerful day.
    Added 1st Dec. Thanks to Abbey Meadows I have the following information :Yellow stagshorn (2nd photo) and one of the Hygrocybe species (1st photo). These are Waxcaps and there are 4 similar species. I think it is Scarlet Waxcap but Crimson, Honey and Splendid Waxcap are all similar. View his blog at

    Just goes to show there is so much to enjoy in life, as I so often say, open your eyes and seek the beauty which is just waiting to be seen and appreciated, it is all around us, where ever we live there is always something to appreciate.
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I can identify this one. A heron, slow to lift into the air probably due to a crop full of fish. A grainy photo but a record all the same
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Once overhead the size of these birds can be fully appreciated, on the wing they are truly big birds. There are many around at the moment, probably making the most of the migrating fish, a pleasure to see.


Emma Anderson said...

The second fungi is one of the corals or stag's horns. I get out my book and see if I can help with id's and let you know.

Tarset Shepherd said...

Thanks for that offer Emma. I had hoped the first one would have been easy to identify due to the bright orange/red colour of the stems but my book isn't good enough or I'm too lazy - probably the latter!