Thursday, 1 November 2018

Fungi stacking and The Brick

Wrinkled Peach, Rhodotus palmatus
I returned to the woodland on Tuesday and Wednesday for more photo stacking with fungi. They are perfect subjects as on windless days they do not move while you take multiple shots of the subject at different focal lengths. The only potential problem is flies landing during the process. Unfortunately the Wrinkled Peach had finished exuding its lovely pink globules so I could not match the images that Mark and Jim captured a few days ago. I found a new fungus for my galleries, a group of Trooping Funnels. A queen wasp hunted among the leaf litter and I disturbed a moth, The Brick, while preparing a Fly Agaric for photographs.
Artist's Bracket, Ganoderma applanatum

Birch Polypore, Piptoporus betulinus

Candlesnuff Fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon

Common Wasp queen, Vespula vulgaris

Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria

unidentified mushroom

Hen of the Woods, Grifola frondosa

Stump Puffballs, Lycoperdon pyriforme

Stump Puffballs

The Brick, Agrochola circellaris

Trooping Funnel, Infundibulicybe geotropa

Trooping Funnels

Trooping Funnel

Monday, 29 October 2018

Wrinkled Peach and Flame Shield in fungi wood

Flame Shield, Pluteus aurantiorugosus
My good friend Mark took me to see some amazing fungi in a West Sussex woodland today. I was pleased to see five new species for my galleries, including the lovely Wrinkled Peach (Rhodotus palmatus) and Flame Shield (Pluteus aurantiorugosus).
Fenugreek Stalkball, Phleogena faginea

Flame Shield, Pluteus aurantiorugosus

Flea’s Ear, Chlorencoelia versiformis

Flea’s Ear
Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria

Fly Agaric

Hen of the Woods, Grifola frondosa

Hen of the Woods

Holly, Ilex aquifolium

Stump Puffballs, Lycoperdon pyriforme

Stump Puffballs
Tiered Tooth, Hericium cirrhatum

Tiered Tooth

Wrinkled Peach, Rhodotus palmatus

Wrinkled Peach

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Small Coppers and metal detecting

Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas ab. caeruleopunctata
I drove north last Thursday to attend a metal detecting dig north of Andover, nothing exciting was found by me. I then stayed at an Airbnb home at Highworth before heading north to the Detectival metal detecting rally near Burford, Oxon. 
  On the way I called at two nature reserves: Whelford Pools and Greystones Farm where I had lunch. A restoration field at Greystones Farm had many Small Coppers, all exclusively nectaring on dandelions in preference to other flowers. The Small coppers were all ab. caeruleopunctata, which have a row of blue spots preceding the copper marginal band (see ukbutterflies)
  While there I had a look round Bourton on the Water which had coachloads of tourists, I guess attracted by the river flowing through the town. I'd rather be in the countryside!
 The next two nights I spent in a cottage that Dmitry and Sue had rented near the Detectival site. Had a good time at the festival with Dmitry, again didn't find anything remotely interesting but did see a couple of lovely silver denarii and a barberous radiate. Plenty of good finds were reported, including gold and a hoard but most people we talked to had nothing much, which is normal for these rallies we find. The evenings were great, with Sue's lovely meals and plenty of red wine! Their dogs were very nice too, also foxhounds and llamas on site in a picturesque, huge and well maintained garden. Arrived home Sunday evening tired but satisfied.
Littlehampton dusk September 12

Littlehampton sunset September 12

Whelford Pools
Common Pond Skater, Gerris lacustris

Whirligig Beetle, Gyrinus substriatus

Dark Strawberry Tortrix, Celypha lacunana

Green Dock Beetle, Gastrophysa viridula

Green Dock Beetles
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas ab. caeruleopunctata

Small Copper (with ring flash)

Small Copper (with ambient light)
I played around with the image above in Photoshop, including the one at the top!

Small Copper

Small Copper

Small Copper

Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Silverweed, Potentilla anserina

Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water

Bourton on the Water

Oak Bush-cricket, Meconema thalassinum at Littlehampton
buttons from Detectival
Nuremberg jeton Lion of St. Mark type

Tudor buckle type IF6 and possible belt decoration