Gallery: fungi are fun guys!
All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.Terry Pratchett
The late great Terry Pratchett makes an excellent point! Personally I accept that I know far too little about fungi species to ever pick one in the wild to eat. I don’t even touch them!
What I do know is that they are essential to our ecosystems. They are able to transform nutrients in a way that makes them available for plants. Many also act to break down plant and animal debris, thus increasing the availability of nutrients in the soil, while others live in mutual symbiotic association with plant roots. Some recycle carbon from litter and dead plant material. This not only improves soil fertility but can also help to reduce the excess carbon that we still persist in putting into the atmosphere.
For Denzil’s Nature Challenge this week I’ve assembled a collection of photos of fungi taken around the world and closer to home. One so close to home in fact that it was taken right outside our front door! Others are more far-flung, from Costa Rica in South America to North Korea in Asia. One thing they clearly show is the variety to be found among fungi, and I believe the beauty too.
Unlike Denzil, and as I said above, I’m not an expert, so I haven’t attempted to identify and label my species. If anyone (maybe Denzil himself?) recognises any and wants to enlighten me I’d really appreciate a comment!
At the foot of a tree in our street in Ealing
On a fallen tree in Walpole Park, Ealing
In Ruislip Woods, north west London
In Plessey Woods, Northumberland
Spotted in Emmetts Garden, Kent, one of the best places I’ve visited for toadstools and mushrooms
Two more from Emmetts Gardena
And a final Emmetts Garden favourite
On a fallen tree, Lagarta Lodge Reserve, on the north west coast of Costa Rica
In Monteverde cloud forest, Costa Rica
Near Ulim Falls in North Korea
And something a bit different, oyster mushroom production in North Korea
[my feature photo was taken in the same facility]
Finally, I can’t resist including this one, from a front garden in South Ealing
Why did the mushroom go to the party?
Because he was a fun guy!
What fabulous fungi! They look nothing like the ones we spot here in Singapore!
Thank you 😀 It’s interesting how many species there are and how much they vary around the world!
I don’t know much about fungi either, but I do know that you can turn them (mushrooms that is) into a tasty dish with garlic, butter and cheese (but then of course I buy them in the store 😉). Some of your photos almost look like they belong in a fairy wonderland … and your last photo is such a fun one!
We cook with mushrooms all the time, but like you we buy them from shops 😁 Much safer and more convenient!
Tales From My Lens
Wow! Those are so amazing!
Thank you, glad you liked them 😊
Just realized you had some photos of fungi in North Korea Sarah! What were you doing there? Not the normal vacation spot. Also, can I use your oyster mushy photo for my roundup please?
Very happy for you to use my photo, naturally. As for North Korea, we did a very interesting tour there in 2019. Lots of posts here if you’re curious – search under Destinations / Asia / DPRK in the menu above, or I’m happy to answer specific questions 😀
That must have been fascinating. Will check them out one rainy day Sarah.
If you only have time for one DPRK post, try this for size: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/why-go-to-north-korea/ 😀
And thanks for the photo use.
Fabulous photos. They’re good subjects aren’t they?
Thank you Margaret 😊 Yes, this made me think I should look out for and photograph them more often! I guess you’re home now?
Just. To the worst bit. Mountains of emails, washing … you know the kind of thing. But it was great, so lots of memories.
Ugh yes, but worth it, as you say 🤗
Always finish with a smile, Sarah! I love a bit of corn. Amazing variety here. I’ve seen those red ones occasionally in the woods in England.
Thanks Jo 😊 Yes, the red one was in a woodland area of the gardens – there were several but this was the biggest!
“All fungi are edible. Some fungi are only edible once.” 😆🤣😂
Glad you liked that quote Graham – it certainly made me smile 😀
the eternal traveller
I’m no expert either but I’m pretty sure the ones in Costa Rica are some type of bracket fungi. We have similar ones here. And your last one is a beauty. 🙂
Yes, I’m sure they are bracket fungi (we get them in the UK too) but I have no idea of the species! Glad you liked that last one 🙂
Fungal growths are one of those things that make you stop and say “look at that!” when out on a walk, aren’t they. The Costa Rica one is cool – fungus and moss growing on the fungus…
We were told in Costa Rica that a single tree can have as many as 200 species living on it, a mini ecosystem in itself 😀
Sarah these are great! I love all the textures and colours you’ve captured. Some really look too good to eat, or too dangerous.
Thank you Karen – I know what you mean, the best-looking fungi are probably often the most dangerous!
These are so good Sarah. A fabulous variety. I like the first photo and the Oyster Mushroom photos best 🙂
Thank you Brian 🙂 That oyster mushroom place was a rather weird experience as a holiday sight, and I found the explanations less than inspiring, but when I got into taking close-ups of the mushrooms themselves I got quite excited by it all!
Mushroom risotto, mushrooms on toast now we’re talking the fungi I know 😉 Impressive imagery of fungi and the ones that look like flying saucers exiting the trees are quite common in dense NZ bush. Many people from the tramping groups I belonged to were very interested in any fungi species we came across.
Ah yes, mushroom risotto – one of my favourites! The ‘flying saucers’ are bracket fungus species but I don’t know which, although Denzil has helpfully given names to some of them below 🙂
Great set of fungal images!
Thank you Sue 😃
I know very little about fungi but aren’t they beautiful – the one from your own street looks as good as any of them….
I was really taken with those tiny mushrooms in our street 🙂 I spotted them while parking the car and had to go inside to get my camera and come straight back out for some photos. I was glad I did as they were already blackened and crumbling by the following morning.
Haha, that is a very fun title to this post. Love the collection of mushrooms. That bright red one looks like it belongs in Alice in Wonderland 🙂
Thank you, yes, you’re so right about Alice 😀
Thank you Anne 😀
Wonderful fungi’s for this week. Love your play on words too in the title 😀
Thank you Cee – I hoped to raise a smile with that joke 😄
I’ll have a go at the European ones, but the ones from elsewhere are out of my scope.
Walpole Park: Jelly Ear Fungus
Ruislip Woods: Birch Polypore
Plessey Woods: A bracket fungus, maybe Ganoderma tornatum
Emmetts Garden: first one could be Agaricus silvaticus, scaly wood mushroom or pinewood mushroom. Then you have the Fly Agaric and Lawyer’s Wig. The yellow ones are Sulphur Tufts.
Thanks so much Denzil, it’s really interesting to put names to them and such great names too! I love ‘Jelly Ear Fungus’ and ‘Lawyer’s Wig’ in particular 🙂
Yes, easier to remember than the Latin scientific names!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
What is it that attracts us to fabulous fungi? Your shots are fabulous too!
There IS something fascinating about them, isn’t there? Sculptural shapes, interesting colours – all great for photography 😀
philosophy through photography
Thank you 🙂
philosophy through photography
You are welcome, Sarah.
Thanks for sharing those Sarah – so beautiful. I do recognize some but will leave it to the experts – just in case. Love your little joke at the end. I needed a smile just then. Thanks.
Thank you Yvonne – always happy to raise a smile with my posts 😀