Candle snuff fungus is a common fungus in the wooded areas of Edinburgh. It grows on rotting wood and is often found on fallen trees or rotten fence posts. It's an odd looking thing and until recently I was always forgetting its name.... It seems to be more common than usual this year, maybe something to do with the unseasonably warm winter we're having. These are two patches of candle snuff fungus that I found today in Colinton Dell alongside the Water of Leith.