A Plethora of Dryads (evidence)

Today I went out to photograph a disease that is bothering my Horse Chestnut friends. No honestly I did. I wanted to know what it was.

Horse Chestnut Leaf MinerI might do a post about it but I don’t know how interested you are in “Embarrassing Bodies” type stuff. This is okay it is not life threatening.

While I was poking about under the trees I came across a beautiful fungus that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Do you know what a Dryad is? It is a Tree Spirit and even if you haven’t ever seen a Dryad I bet you have seen a Dryad’s Saddle before now. Dryads ride about on these…

Polyporus squamosus

Dryad's SaddleThis is a proper fungi and extraordinarily lovely and it is a super duper find but there is only so much that you can do with one specimen.

I went at it from every angle and I am pleased with my pictures but that isn’t what this post is about.

Before I show you my angles I just wan’t to clarify one thing, Wikiwotsit says another name is “Pheasant’s Back” fungus. I have never in my life heard this referred to as “Pheasant’s Back”

This is a Pheasant’s Back.

PheasantAnd this is a Fungi (No feathers)

Dyad's SaddleWikiwotsit talks a lot of shmuck that just gets repeated everywhere but I do love them and I put my pictures on their Wikimedia so that People can get access.

The angles:

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's SaddleBut that isn’t what I want to talk about.

The Dryads that inhabit Ash trees have a specific name, they are called the Meliae. Names are important and even if you think that you understand everything you wanna be careful when you sleep in the woods.

I had a most beautiful Ash close to my camp in my wood. It wasn’t dead but it was getting there.

When I first saw it I thought that it’s hollow trunk had been used as a fireplace.

FPS0001I am pretty sure that this damage is the result of the fungi and not a fire at all. I have tried to get that confirmed and I have met with no response which usually means that I am wrong but I don’t think that I am wrong. So not 100% sure.

I could always count on this one to fruit when the Bluebells were out.

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's Saddle

Dryad's SaddleWhether you believe in Dryads or not is your business and if you never sleep in the forest why the heck would you?

But I would just like to tell you that the tree has a spirit.

Okay you can look now. Doh!

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