Readers’ wildlife photos

February 6, 2021 • 8:00 am

Arthur Williams sends us a rarity here: pictures of fungi. These come from Australia, and we have no identifications. Arthur’s notes are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them:

How about a few fungi?

All of these were spotted on a single short walk from Durras North to Depot Beach on the south coast of NSW. In fact most were seen within 500 metres or so from Point Upright.  They ranged from tiny (the orange fungus on the tree) through to 20cm tall, and with caps up to 30cm diameter.

Other than that, I don’t know anything about them. I was just fascinated by the variety of forms, sizes and colours to be found in such a small area of bush. I am however hoping to improve my fungus knowledge at a workshop at Mulligan’s Flat in Canberra in May!


12 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Such cool shapes and forms!

    I often photograph the fungi I find on walks, but I’m unfortunately way out of my depth when it comes to identifying them. The iNaturalist app seems to work pretty well for plants, but fungi require another level of observation it seems.

  2. Such interesting pictures! You must have hit the conditions ‘just right’ for so many to turn up in one walk. In a couple days they will be past it.
    The last one seems to be a puffball. That’s all I got.

  3. Terrific, fascinating photos, Arthur! Mushrooms are one of my favorite food group. I’ve photographed a few on my daily walk, but none were as interesting as yours.

  4. I’m afraid I have a real aversion to the smell (and taste) of fungi*…but they are an amazing kingdom of life! And they can be quite beautiful. These are great pictures.

    *I think I was assaulted by a fungus when I was a young child.

  5. What beautiful photos of fungi. This post makes me want to learn about them also. The workshop you will take sounds wonderful. Thank you!

  6. Well, I won’t be surprised if Arthur Williams learns that some of the fungi (great photos, btw!) are members of genera which also occur in North America. The minute spores produced by the “fruiting” structures are generated in astonishing numbers, and can be carried across oceans and the highest mountains readily. I am strictly an amateur mycologist, but see several here that are definitely boletes, which produce their spores in tubes rather than gills. Some are delicious, as European readers here might attest, including Jerry’s Polish friends. I restrict myself to eating only a few species I know well in my woods, such as morels, chanterelles, and oyster mushrooms.

  7. Some nice ‘shrooms there and great photography. I write about psychedelic’s but know nothing about mushrooms as plants.
    Interestingly, many people make the “natural fallacy” by poo-poo-ing LSD because it is “made in a lab” whereas “‘shrooms are naaaatural”. This even though those natural fungi are full of stuff to make them aversive to mammals’ digestive tract. Not so with the man made variety.
    Just my $0.02 cents – lovely photos from my homeland. Thank you.


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