Life In A Different Mould

After a pretty dismal and cold Winter, followed by a pretty wet and dismal start to Spring, there was at least one form of life that really revelled in the conditions. And while the weather hasn’t been all that conducive to outdoor activities and associated enjoyment, there were a few interesting diversions where such subject matter kept me out of the doldrums. In this instance it was once again one of those interesting things found in damp and wet places, fungi. You can kind of call it mould, as fungi is related to mould as well as yeasts. This won’t be so much of a story, but more a pictorial record of some of the types of fungi that I came across this year. These ones were perhaps the most interesting, as there were lots of small mushrooms about that were quite ordinary.

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Sometimes finding the not so ordinary fungi can be quite disappointing. Earlier this year we bought a couple of planter boxes in which we could grow herbs and filled them with commercial garden soil. We then purchased a variety of herbs in pots, planted these and, after a while, both planters were producing some nice herbs. However, one planter box suddenly sprouted magic mushrooms, which I’d mentioned in an update to an earlier story, and not long afterwards all the herbs were dead or dying. The mushrooms were popping up everywhere in the planter box, so we decided to get rid of the lot. I suspect that one of the herb pots must have had the mushroom spores and they were just waiting to sprout. I wasn’t particularly impressed.

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Surprisingly, I don’t have any fungi from Mossvale Park in this story, as there were very few about and, as I pointed out, they were all rather ordinary small mushrooms. Everything in this story is from home, or our neighbour’s front yard, which had a wide assortment of fungi displaying all shapes, textures and sizes. I’m not sure when all of these particular fungi emerged, but I didn’t spot some until September of so, and by October many were gone. The variety was quite surprising to say the least and the colours, shapes and textures are always fascinating. And all of these were in an area no larger than maybe 1m x 2m. There must have been something special about that one particular log.

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

There were also a few that hung about longer and may have been in place in their shady nook for even longer. I’ve seen similar ones at Mossvale Park and other places where they appear to last for quite some time if the conditions are right. They typically grow out of old stumps or pieces of wood lying about and are fairly common no matter where you go in the area. A quick Google search indicates that these ones are common throughout the world.

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi - Mirboo North Victoria

Fungi – Mirboo North Victoria

Anyway, I always like taking photographs of fungi wherever they appear. I find them interesting to say the least. But I still haven’t been able to venture fully into our local ‘rain forest’ area to see what lies in the deeper and darker nooks and crannies. One day, one day, as I always keep saying.

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