* * * * *When I went to Frome with Ceres, we found spiders webs over railings and graves. They dripped magically with mist and everyone who came by was immediately struck with awe, moving quietly from web to web. Ceres was the exception. She's always loud. But courting couples stopped to look on in silence. Even elderly people on motorised scooters slowed to seventy for a few seconds. Mothers with toddlers lowered their voices. Even toddlers whispered. But when I came across toadstools (or whatever they were) in the middle of Dorchester, between a car-park and the main road, there was no awe. The toadstools attracted just as much attention as the spiders webs had done but onlookers were noisy and excited. There were loud 'oh look!'s and noisy announcements that they were probably Honey Fungus. And me saying I didn't know. Doesn't Honey Fungus smell sweet? And weren't there two kinds growing here anyway? (Or were they the same plant-kind-of-thing at different stages of development? Fungi are irritating, like that.) Inside, selfishly, I was panicking. I didn't really mind what they were. I just wanted to photograph them before they were trampled. And I didn't want toddlers to pick them.
* * * * *Nigel from Silvertreedaze asked, after my last post, if I can identify the fungi in my header. This, I suspect, is a rhetorical question; a catch; a test because I bet he knows! I don't. And now I have more photos of fungi. This time from Berkshire. And I dare not identify these either. I think the red one with white spots is, fairly certainly, Fly Agaric but beyond that . . . And if I tried to guess, all I'd be doing would be to match them with the nearest picture I could find in the three books Esther lent me. Collins Complete (I bet it isn't) British Wildlife Photoguide (Paul Sterry) - 1997 Edible Fungi by John Ramsbottom - 1943 (with colour plates by Rose Ellenby)
Poisonous Fungi by John Ramsbottom - 1945 (also with colour plates by Rose Ellenby)
(Colour Plates means drawings. Nice to look at but few.) So . . . noble readers . . . can anyone tell me what they are? (This is NOT a trick question - I really don't know.)