04 May 2014

Toadstool season

Insects might be less abundant now autumn's here, but the tiny world compensates with a proliferation of fungi. Sometimes you have to look hard, though — these are common at the moment along parts of the No. 1 Line track, but they're so small they're easily overlooked. I'll add an identification if I get one from NatureWatch.

Update: These are Galerina sp. Apparently they often grow in moss, which is where I noticed them along the track. Many species are highly toxic.

[4 May 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, 60mm f/2.8 macro , ISO 200, 1/200 at f/8; diffused flash]

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Elephant's Child said...

Fragile perfection.
Here it is death-cap season, and four people have already been hospitalised. A dangerous fool hardiness. I am definitely a devotee of the look but don't touch brigage.

pohanginapete said...

EC, apparently these are sometimes mistaken for psilocybin mushrooms. That, I imagine, would be a really bad trip.

Zhoen said...

Any hookah smoking caterpillars?

he duck barbarism

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, I'll look more carefully next time. A photograph of a hookah-smoking caterpillar might attract a few more visitors here