Thursday, 30 October 2014

Watching Trees and Fungi in the Dells

The larch I'm sturying for Tree Following is turning yellow only slowly compared to some other larches I've seen, it's starting to lose its needles though.  (The larch is the only type of conifer to lose its needles in winter).
The larch tree stands on one side of the Water of Leith Walkway in Colinton Dell. Its roots spread to the other side of the path and poke through the soil in the side path into the field. At the moment there's a nice lot of what I think are brown bell cap toadstools growing just by the roots of the larch.

Not far from the larch but on the oppsite bank of the river there's a lovely patch of hairy stereum fungus growing on a branch of a hornbeam tree

this fungus normally grows on fallen trees and it was nice this time to be able to take the photo below which shows the underside of the fungus

The grey squirrels throughout the Dells were very lively today, chasing each other and running round. There were a good number of birds around too, and it was specially nice to see a grey wagtail and a pair of goldcrests. I also had a lovely view of a dipper.

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A Cuban In London said...

Nice photos. I quite like seeing fungi in the wid. And I did eat some "magic" ones many, many years ago when I still lived in Cuba. I hope my children never read this comment.

Greetings from London.

TexWisGirl said...

very neat fungi.

L-A said...

I like these photos, there is something most mysterious and magical about fungi!

eileeninmd said...

It reminds me of our pine trees turning yellow and loosing their needles ..I love the mushrooms and the fungi.. Wonderful post, enjoy your weekend!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I don't see a lot of wild fungi here in KY. Have a great weekend!

Rambling Woods said...

You have done such a wonderful job documenting your tree and in covering the surrounding nature... Michelle