Bluebell Wood

There is a narrow and winding dirt path which leads through the lower part of the woods. At this time of the year there is enchantment in the form of a lush carpet of bluebells. © Peter Hillman ♦ 23rd April 2020 ♦ Local woods, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Porcelain Fungus

Oudemansiella mucida I have been itching to get out into the woods all week to try to track down some fungi to photograph, but with work and the rapidly diminishing afternoon light it has not been possible until this afternoon. I ventured into a local Beech wood which I always enjoy walking through, and growing… Read More Porcelain Fungus

Fairy Inkcap

Coprinus disseminatus A tiny species which grow in large troops producing bell-like caps. These caps are whitish and deeply pleated when young. As they age the flesh becomes greyish with an ochre centre. Also known as Trooping Crumble Cap or Fairies’ Bonnets. Cap width up to 1.5cm. Stem height up to 4cm. It fruits early spring until… Read More Fairy Inkcap

Summer Fruits

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) Called Bramble or Blackberry, this is a member of the rose family, and is a perennial which bears biennial stems from the root-stock. It grows vigorously and covering ground rapidly forming dense patches of vegetation. It is deciduous or semi-evergreen, with long prickles which can easily scratch or puncture flesh, even through… Read More Summer Fruits

Flushed Pink

Lilac Bonnet (Mycena pura) I came across these smallish, pink-flushed mushrooms as I was enjoying a walk in my local wood. I almost walked straight past them as they were partially buried in a drift of fallen leaves beneath a large ash tree. The name ‘Lilac Bonnet’ seems most apt. Even the gills and stem… Read More Flushed Pink

Treecreeper

Certhia familiaris This is a small bird, with  a long, slender down-curved bill. The back plumage is cream and speckled brown, and underneath it is mainly white. It has a distinctive whitish eye stripe, and large slender feet.  Length 12.5cm. It feeds off invertebrates it finds in tree bark and on branches. It has strong … Read More Treecreeper