22 February 2015

Autumn on the way


February's not even over and already the fungi show themselves. This is Cyclocybe parasitica (formerly Agrocybe), one of several clusters of recently emerged fruiting bodies on the old poplars. The stag has stripped the velvet from his puny antlers; light comes later in the mornings and leaves earlier in the evenings; the first university semester begins tomorrow.



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4 comments:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete...
The rough texture of the tree against the shiny smoothness of the fungi is very alluring. Is the stag roaring? Hoping to get a mid March outing before the crazy season starts in the Ruahine. Hope the first day was kind. Hope to see you soon e hoa.

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. The stag had a feeble attempt at a roar the other day, but I've heard nothing more. Still far too early, I think. My teaching doesn't start until next week, so I'm trying to make the most of my remaining free time!

Lisa Emerson said...

As i was driving into the university today, I noticed the leaves are on the very edge of turning - autumn is coming all too soon. Your photograph captures perfectly the richness and melancholy of autumn, the fading of the light...

pohanginapete said...

Lisa, thank you :-) Autumn's a lovely season; it's just a shame it's followed by winter (which has its own charm but too many disadvantages).