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I got a bit carried away. There are now over 50 photos of the snow. I was one among the multitudes taking photos. Some were serious cameramen with tripods, under blankets and with a whole pile of kit. Most had cameras in their portable gizmos. I was somewhere in the middle. The experience was the same. It was transformed by the snow into something unexpectedly wonderous, something to be recorded any way we could before it vanished. Something to talk to others about as we all stood marvelling at it. A link to all the photos is here.

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A walk round today with a camera seems the thing to do. More people than usual were there and even the dog walkers had cameras with them. It does look transformed. I have uploaded 6 images, one of them below, in the January file.

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This is one of the most common brackets about. Small tiered clusters with the white growing edge and small pored underside, white when young and grey when mature, it was one of the first species I thought I had a handle on. Wrong. I have recently found it with a stalk, which is odd, and with projecting pores on the white underside. I needed help from Russell Miller and David Warwick on Londonfungi to identify it (thank you guys!). It is just not doing what I expected it to do. Apparently it just sometimes does this. It only does it in one part of Abney Park Cemetery, elsewhere it is normal. Exactly what is going on here I don’t know. It still looks beautiful…..

Link to photos of fungi and slime molds 2013.

Link to species notes.

 

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As a last post relating to 2012, this photo of Flammulina velutipes, Winter Fungus or Velvet Shank, looks appropriate. The frost has frozen the caps through to their core, and the stems have become brittle as a result leading to a few caps breaking off the stems. The other caps survived well to continue to develop after defrosting.

Link to photos of Fungi and Slime molds 2012.

Link to species notes.

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I was a bit surprised to see that this was the first time that I had pinned down this species as being in Abney Park Cemetery. It has been a name that has come up quite often. It was growing 28.11.2012 in moss over a stone path edging. A little cap, not especially bright and in dark conditions it was easy to overlook. Under a hand lens the brown surface shows to have a light fibrous top surface left over from the original veil. The brown intensity varies in zones across the radius, more easily seen when the cap is in wet conditions. The tan gills contrast with a slim sinuous reddish stem. The foot of the stem is covered in white fibers.

Link to species notes

Link to photos of fungi and slime molds 2012

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