Peaceful forest in Derbyshire, England • Matt Oliver photography on Flickr. I pinned this as I have exactly the same shot taken near Oakerthorpe
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Bird's nest fungus (Cyathus striatus)
Belongs to a group of fungi (Nidulariales, Basidiomycota) with peculiar cup-shaped fruit bodies. They spread their egg-shaped packages of spores (peridioles) using the power of falling raindrops. While being ejected (splashed out) from the cups, the peridioles release a sticky thread (funiculus) that helps them cling/glue to the surrounding vegetation. If eaten by herbivores, the spores will survive digestion and be spread even further. You can find these saprotrophic fungi in gardens, parks…
Hall of Mosses Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington | Greg Vaughn Photography
Mushrooms and mosses on tree trunk, Hoh Rainforest, Hall of Mosses Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington.
fog and swell
this november feels like it has been colder that usual. the two snowfalls we have already had might have something to do with that feeling. but the damp cold we experience out here on the coast, where the temperature hovers just above freezing and the humidity is high, can chill most bones after much time spent outside. i just found out we only have about 8 1/2 hours of daylight these days, and since about eight of those hours are spent at work for me during the week, i feel like i am not…
Ashridge Park, Hertfordshire, UK | National Trust Woodlands carpeted with English Bluebells in Spring (2 of 5)
Ashridge Park, Hertfordshire, UK For a couple of weeks in May in each year, many of the woods in the UK are carpeted with English Bluebells. The ancient woodlands on the Ashridge Estate, managed by the UK’s National Trust, are home to one of the finest examples of massed flowering bluebells that are an icon of Spring in England. Here, the English landscape is transformed into a sea of blue – almost as far as the eye can see. For only a few days, the sapphire of the bluebells is also…