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

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…

May 3, 2015

Autumn

Filed under: Fungi,Seasons — paul @ 10:19 am
Fungus

Fungus

This beauty of a fungus was on the steep slope right beside Scenic Drive. Looks quite common, but I don’t have an ID.

June 25, 2014

Fungi

Filed under: Fungi — paul @ 7:30 am
Fungi

Fungi

The wood chip mulch by the railway line in Olympic Park is an ideal substrate for cultures of these fungi – decay at its finest.

Note: this blog will enter a recuperative pause – hopefully short.

April 20, 2014

Autumn

Filed under: Fungi,Seasons — paul @ 7:15 am
Fungi

Fungi

Well-nourished from the remnants of felled trees, these fungi (no idea what they are) are signs of autumn. And I was not the only one who liked them – but I did not nibble on them.

January 1, 2014

New Year

Filed under: Fungi,Theme Day — paul @ 7:01 am
Fungi

Fungi

The City Daily Photo theme for January is “Photo of the Year”. Click here for more contributions.

This picture of fungi in the bush is in my opinion one of the better ones that I showed during the year 2013. Enjoy! And may the New Year bring you happiness and many memorable images.

June 8, 2013

Fungi

Filed under: Black and White,Fungi — Tags: — paul @ 7:02 am
Fungi

Fungi

A black and white counterpart to last week’s fun with fungi, probably the honey mushroom Armillaria Novae Zealandiae. It’s the time of year when leaves are falling and fungi burst out from the damp.

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

June 2, 2013

The Beauty of Decay

Filed under: Fungi,Theme Day,Titirangi — paul @ 7:04 am
Fungi

Fungi

The City Daily Photo theme for June is “The Beauty of Decay”. Click here to see contributions of participants around the world.

Instead of a self portrait, I offer examples from our natural environment.

Decay of wood is mostly caused by fungi, unseen until the fruiting bodies emerge. The ones shown are quite likely the fruiting bodies of the honey mushroom Armillaria Novae Zealandiae but I am not very familiar with fungi. They grew on a fallen kanuka tree in the bush.

Armillaria Novae Zealandiae?

Armillaria Novae Zealandiae?

February 21, 2012

Colourful Names

Filed under: Fungi — paul @ 6:57 am
Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

The official name according to wikipedia is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii, although you might also find the latin name of Lepiota lutea — none of which can compare to suggested common names such as “plantpot dapperling”, “yellow parasol”, “flowerpot parasol”, “yellow houseplant mushroom”, “lemon-yellow lepiota”, or “yellow pleated parasol”.

We find this fungus from time to time growing in one of the planters by our entrance, apparently they often grow in flower pots or are introduced through potting mix. The difference between the two pictures is one day, and after one more day it was all finished.

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

Leucoprinus Birnbaumii

June 12, 2011

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon Cibarium)

Filed under: Black and White,Fungi — paul @ 6:56 am
Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon Cibarium)

Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon Cibarium)

We saw several of these when we did the Mount Auckland Atuanui Walkway. They grow like puffballs on the ground – this one would be about 10cm in diameter – then the skin bursts and reveals this pretty structure. (But they are smelly.)

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

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