Whilst I was looking for the Herald of Winter (Hygrophorus hypothejus) at Ogden Water, I came across a rust fungus on Blackberry leaves (Rubus fruticosus), the common name is Violet Bramble Rust, (Phragmidium violaceum).
All the lovely clumps of Velvet Shanks and Honey Fungus, that had nearly covered some of the trees, had all disappeared now that winter had set in, so these specimens were the best that was on offer, in the Crags that day, or maybe it was the otherway round...the best I could find!
A particularly photogenic Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor).
Southern Bracket (Ganoderma australe).
Dog Vomit (Mucilago crustacea), a Myxomycetes, commonly referred to as Slime Moulds.
It was a really frosty morning, Oliver was at school and I was still suffering from cabin fever, induced from being house bound over the Christmas holidays so I just had to get out and have a walk with Basil, my dog.
Frozen Black Bulgar (Bulgaria inquinans).
Turkey Tails (Trametes versicolor) and Mucilago crutacea on the lowest bracket.
Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura), above and below.
A lovely clump of Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon).
Oliver had recovered, but he was now back in school, so I was without my little fungi identifier. Sixteen days of illness over Christmas, I couldn't believe it. I have never seen Scarlet Elfcups before at the Crags, so it was a pleasant surprise to find them, the White Brain was still there and I found some really, guess what...purple, Purplepore Brackets too.
Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha austriaca).
Hairy Bracket (Trametes hirsuta).
Purplepore Bracket (Trichaptum abietinum). These were much better examples than the ones I photographed on the 27-12-12.
Oliver had been really poorly over the Christmas holidays, so foraying was put on hold for a while, as we were house bound. He looked to have perked up a little and had no temperature, so he said he would like to go for a foray, however it didn't last long though before I carried him back to the car and headed for home, where he was back on the sofa, under a blanket. We found the White Brain fungus very interesting to look at, with it's convoluted lobes and Oliver liked the rubbery texture too.
Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes), caps above and gills below.
Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa).
Purplepore Bracket (Trichaptum abietinum), above and below.
White Brain (Exidia thuretiana), all examples were found on the same fallen beech branch.
We must have been crazy to go on a foray, as it just rained continuously the entire day, but Oliver wanted to go, so off we went. It was lovely to retreat inside Gibson Mill and sit by the fire with a warm drink and a piece of cake. We decided to walk back along the road as it would be quicker as daylight was starting to fade, and it was lucky we did as we spotted the Tawny Funnel on the way back. We didn't know what it was at the time, and thanks goes out to Mal Greaves who identified it for us.
Small Stagshorn (Calocera cornea), above and below.
Artist's Bracket (Ganoderma applanatum). I inscribed Oliver's initials onto it
Olive Oysterling (Panellus serotinus). Cap above, gills below.
Another Oliver Oysterling (Panellus serotinus). Cap above, gills below.
Tawny Funnel (Lepista flaccida), including all images below.
Oliver certainly enjoyed his monstrous find. The diameter of the one we brought home was 20 cm, much larger than Oliver's head.
During our foray in the Crags, we were once again bowled over by the number of species to be found. Many of them are common, but for beginners like ourselves we were happy to come across them and we got very excited when we found the Conifercone Cap, just laying on the ground before us.
Birch Jelly Fungus (Exidia repanda)
Beech Woodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme).
Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum).
Birch Barkspot (Hypoxylon multiforme), above and below.
Leopard Ball (Scleroderma areolatum).
Mycena species above and below, showing cap and gills.
Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura).
Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura), photographed at home.
21st December 2012
Mal Greaves suggested these were probably Lycogala terrestre.
Witches Butter (Exidia glandulosa).
Exidia plana - above and below.
Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae).
Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), above and below.
Crimped Gill (Plicatura crispa).
Black Bulgar (Bulgaria inquinans).
Olive Oysterling (Panellus serotinus), above and below
A very interesting looking group of slime mould, hanging upside down on the underside of a log and I thought they were very attractive. Oliver said they were Leocarpus fragilis, after he saw some images on the web and they were very fragile and disintegrated when you touched them.