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
Photograph of Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), taken December 2016, local woods, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.
Images best viewed full size. Photographs taken December 2016, local woods, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Piptoporus betulinus This is a fairly large bracket fungi which I have seen singularly on Birch tree trunks or in tiers going quite high up the tree. Sometimes called the ‘Razorstrop Fungus’ (so named for in the past it has been used as a strap to sharpen razors), it has a smooth leathery upper surface… Read More Birch Polypore
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
Chlorophyllum rhacodes This is a fairly large mushroom with a cap size of 5 to 20 cm in diameter. The cap has a dark umbo with recurved brown scales. The gills are free and white, and the smooth stem is whitish with a brownish tinge, the base bulbous. It has a thick, moveable double ring.… Read More Shaggy Parasol
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
Stereum hirsutum Also called ‘Hairy Stereum’, this is a variable coloured, fan-shaped bracket fungus with pale margins, the upper surface being distinctly hairy. It is often seen with bands of green algae. Fruit body up to 7cm wide. It fruits summer to autumn, and grows on old stumps of deciduous trees, especially those of oak,… Read More Hairy Curtain Crust
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
Ganoderma applanatum This bracket is usually a hard woody, semicircular bracket, but can sometimes form a rosette. It can also form overlapping tiers. The upper surface can be quite uneven and knobbly as it ages, and it has a mixture of browns, reds and ochres, with a white or cream margin. The underside has fine… Read More Artist’s Bracket
Of course, there are no crocodiles in England. I can’t help myself sometimes, but my imagination sees forms within forms, and my mind just connects the dots and we have a dragon sailing across the sky, but of course there are no dragons in England, either. It was only a cloud formation, and this is… Read More Crocodile Lurking
I have always love the way sunlight filters through the woodland canopy, and in this case through the leaves of this old ash tree.
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
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
On a walk this morning, and on a well-travelled trail, I was suddenly a taken by how the sun and shadows interplayed through the canopy of the trees upon the base of an old ash tree trunk. I must have passed this way hundreds of times, but in that moment I was caught by shadow… Read More Shadow Shapes