Mushrooms in the garden

Some more images of mushrooms (or toadstools) in our garden. And a reminder that you can join our Facebook group about mushrooms, if you have an interest in them.

Don’t forget we have the Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop happening in Victoria on 20/21 September 2014. Hope to see you there!

Identifying mushrooms

I love taking photos of mushrooms but have no idea what most of them are.  And trying to identify them is a challenge if you can’t find a site online that helps you do this. I look at Google images and then click on images that are similar to the ones I’ve taken, in the hope that I’ll find out more about that mushroom, or toadstool. But it’s pretty hit and miss.

I’ve searched for discussion groups, forums and even Facebook groups but have found little that relates to fungi found in Australia. So, I decided to start a group up at Facebook called ‘Mushrooms of Australia‘ and hope that you, my reader, will be interested in joining it, or might know others who would like to.  Keen to have amateurs and professionals in the group – people sharing images of fungi they’re found and others who are willing to share their knowledge. Would be a good way for many of us to learn as well as enjoy the nature we find around us.

Below are images of a couple of different types of mushrooms we currently have growing in our garden.

By the way!  Don’t forget we have the Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop happening in Victoria on 20/21 September 2014. Hope to see you there!

The lakes at Blue Lotus

There were a variety of lakes there, large and small. Some just had one colour of water plants and others had a variety. This is the last of this series. Make a note to visit this beautiful garden at the end of the year or early next year, if you’re in the area. They also have a nursery and cafe, and gift shop. Really worthwhile visit!

The birds at Blue Lotus Water Garden

The birds were mostly elusive but there were some that came out to play. Some of the photography group that went with me got a lot more images of birds but here are some I saw whilst visiting there.

This is Freddie, as named by the owners of the garden. He’s a regular visitor there, although it sounds to me he actually lives there, rather than visits :-)

Pied cormorant

Gang Gang Cockatoos. Wished they were closer for a better look at them.

Grey fantail

Eurasian coot takes a walk

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The Lotus Pod

The Lotus Pod has been used for medicinal purposes, flower arrangements, the seeds are edible and the stamens can be dried and used for making tea. I had no idea you could do all those things with the Lotus. Not to be mistaken with the water lily which is quite different