At last I have found something really exciting.
I have dragged Fizz up to look at some old Sweet Chestnut coppice and she isn’t over excited because we have to walk on the road and there isn’t any playing ball as we go.
It is okay once we reach the wood.
The floor is thick with the Sweet Chestnut leaves. These leaves contain toxins that inhibit the growth of other plants but some things do well here and we will have a look at them when we return tomorrow.
Armillaria ostoyae. It is the same Honey Fungus that used to grow in woodland that I owned some years ago.
I wrote a post about it recently About Honey Monsters using pictures that I had taken years ago. I am excited to have the opportunity to photograph it again and that is why we are going back for another look tomorrow.
When I saw it today I had a good idea what it was but I couldn’t get proper confirmation until I got home, it has been a few years since I found one of these. There are some key identification features that I still want to photograph and we could eat it.
I probably won’t eat it just because I like to see it on the tree but I will try a little bit just to see if I have a reaction and then I can eat it next time. You should always try a little bit first if you haven’t eaten a species before.
Here are some of the pictures that I took today.
It’s a tree. Somebody tell him it’s a tree, we’ve got things to play.
Sensing that my companion was somewhat less enthusiastic about mushrooms than I was, I dragged her off to a field for some playtime.
We are at the top of he hills now and the fields are dry, close cropped and full of sunshine.
Happiness is round and yellow.