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!

Winter images in our garden

We have a variety of mushrooms popping up everywhere. Mainly tiny ones like the ones below. The larger of the three tiny ones has 3 very tiny yellow bugs on it. I’ll have to go out again with my macro to see if I can pick up what the bugs might be. The other is extremely large and nestled amongst the liquidamber leaves in our front garden.

Tiny mushrooms

Very large mushroom

Amanita muscaria

I’d almost given up on seeing any this year in our garden. Previous years it had been much earlier in May for them to be visible. Here it is early June and I found this a few days ago, at the end of May.

And we’ve only seen one this year instead of a dozen like last year or over 70 the year before.

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

Aging Mushroom

We’ve had only a very small number of mushrooms in the garden so far.  I’m hoping we get a lot more as we have had in previous Autumns. This one was a large white one that started to keel over. I liked the colouring underneath and then noticed a bug on the stem once I examined the photo on my computer.

103-366 Ageing mushroom