Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year for many reasons - golden leaves on the trees, wintering birds returning from Scandinavia and the number of fungi fruiting at this time.
On the path I walk to meet my bird-watching group at Baron's Haugh in Motherwell I was able to spot the following types of fungi. The photographs were taken on a Sony Xperia S phone, which I find is good enough for many photographs when I cannot carry my SLR camera.
This yellow-brown fungi grows in tufts in decayed conifer wood.
Soft Slipper Toadstool
|Soft Slipper Toadstool|
This is easy to identify as the skin peels off completely due to the elastic skin. If is 7cm in size and shell-like and is found on the dead trunks of deciduous trees.
Candle-snuff Fungi is sometimes called the 'stags horn fungus'. It is quite a strong and rubbery and can be bent without breaking. It is black at the base, grey in the middle and white at the tips just like a snuffed candle wick.
|Fairy Ink Cap|
The Fairy Ink Cap is very small - between 0.5 to 1.5cm in diameter and 1 to 1.5cm tall. It is egg-shaped at first, then bell shaped and then flattens out.
It is beige when young, then turns grey and then black.
Unfortunately I never spotted the big red fungi with the spots!