Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

July 31, 2016

Basket Fungus

Filed under: Fungi,Waterview — paul @ 7:03 am
Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Howlett Esplanade, Waterview – growing in mulch of wood chips.

July 16, 2016

Peeking up the Skirts …

Filed under: Black and White,Fungi,Titirangi — paul @ 7:07 am
Mycena sp.

Mycena sp.

… of a fungus. Clarks Bush, Titirangi. Mycena species.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

June 24, 2016

Fly Agaric

Filed under: Fungi — paul @ 7:06 am
Fly Agaric

Fly Agaric

I find it impossible to go past such a beautiful specimen of a fly agaric (Amanita mascara) – that’s what most insects seem to say, too, hence most of the fly agarics that you find are in poor state of repair…

You can’t see it from this angle — but there were actually fairies dancing under the cap of the shroom.

June 11, 2016

Earth Star

Filed under: Black and White,Blockhouse Bay,Fungi — paul @ 7:01 am
Earth Star

Earth Star

Geastrum sp. found at Craigavon Park, Blockhouse Bay. A puffball kind of fungus.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

June 3, 2016

Mushrooming

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Fungi — paul @ 7:03 am
Mycena sp.

Mycena sp.

Autumn was long, dry and warm – but now winter has set in and finally the fungi make their appearance. Juist a small sample of what I came across in a local reserve. (I am no mushroom expert, my identifications are a bit vague.Foraging purely for visual delight — not for the palate.)

Mycena sp.

Mycena sp.

Fly agaric ready to unfold

Fly agaric ready to unfold

May 1, 2016

Fungal Beauty

Filed under: Fungi,Theme Day — paul @ 7:02 am
Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra

Found quite often in wood chip mulch, the starfish fungus (aseroe rubra) fully deserves its common name “anemone stinkhorn”. The brown spore masses on the ‘tentacles’ ooze a distinctly fecal aroma, making these pretty pictures ideal illustrations for the City Daily Photo theme of May: “Smell”. Many more images describing olfactory sensations may be found here.

Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra

April 24, 2016

Hericium Coralloides

Filed under: Fungi,Titirangi — paul @ 7:08 am
Coral Tooth Fungus

Coral Tooth Fungus

This beauty of a fungus grows in Clark Bush, Titirangi. First time I ever came across such a thing. Apparently it’s edible …

Coral tooth fungus.

April 21, 2016

Mushroom Time

Filed under: Blockhouse Bay,Fungi — paul @ 9:37 am
Mushroom Time

Mushroom Time

A cluster of what I think is Gymnopilus junonius. This time of year again – I am inexperienced with wild mushrooms, the ones I eat are all growing in a green grocer’s shop.

March 21, 2016

Fungi

Filed under: Fungi,Titirangi — paul @ 7:03 am
Brown Fungus

Brown Fungus

There is a tree stump along Scenic Drive between the roundabout and Woodlands Park Road which must be a substrate of a fungus, sprouting its fruiting bodies from time to time. Right now it presents a particularly fine display.

Unfortunately, I have no idea of what kind of fungus it is – any suggestions welcome. Phil Bendle of the Facebook group Mushrooms of New Zealand (photography) suggested Gymnopilus junonius (Giant Flamecap).

Brown Fungus

Brown Fungus

January 19, 2016

Kanuka Listening

Filed under: Fungi — paul @ 7:21 am
Wood Ear Fungus

Wood Ear Fungus

A wood ear fungus has sprouted on this old kanuka tree – listening in to our every word…

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