Fungi enjoys damp and is prevalent in autumn months, when it can be found amongst the colourful leaves that the season produces. There are thousands of different fungi species and they are notoriously hard to identify. My portfolio below has a few varieties commonly found in the countryside.
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With the arrival of autumn and its beautiful colours comes a dampness that is perfect for fungi to thrive. This specimen is Porcelain Fungus, so called for it pure white colour, although when backlit by the morning light, it is left with a golden yellow tinge. It was found growing in a clump n a beech tree in West Woods near Marlborough.
Named for its resemblance to a parasol umbrella, this mushroom is photographed from a unique angle. Taken on a warm day in early autumn, the dappled light filters through onto the gills of the fungus. It is in fact an edible species.
Found among the fallen pines in a patch of Cornish woodland, this Common Cavalier fungus has been photographed from a unique and low angle. Dappled light infiltrates the background trees creating a delicate yet colourful image.
Attractive as this species is, the growth of Honey Fungus around the base of a tree usually signals its demise as infection sets in. Fungi are a sure sign that autumn is here as they thrive in damp weather.
Deep in Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, conditions are perfect for fungi to grow. A combination of damp weather brought in by autumn and decomposing material such as trees and branches enables this fungi to thrive.