|Sunlight streaming through the trees on Velmead Common|
This is a view of one of the more open areas
|Heathland on Velmead Common|
The vegetation on the Common is kept in check by a small herd of rare breed cattle (not sure which breed -- could it be the Hampshire Black do you think??)
|One of the Velmead Common cows|
The Common is an ideal place to look for fungi. It has a wide variety of habitats -- some of them in full sunlight, some of them in shade. And October is the best time of the year to find fungi, because they seem to thrive in the damp but still relatively mild conditions. So, I had a walk round the Common to see what I could find. There were LOADS of different types. In fact I had to come home before I really wanted to, because the memory card in my camera was full! I offer you then just a selection of my best photos...
I have practically no expertise in fungus-recognition, so I am not going to caption most of the following pictures, though I have been having a browse through the River Cottage Handbook No.1 - Mushrooms, by John Wright. Maybe some of you will be able to enlighten me as to which varieties I saw.
|This one is definitely Sparassis Crispa - the Cauliflower fungus|
|Coriolus Versicolor - Many-zoned Polypore|
|Piptoporus Betulinus - Birch Polypore|
|I reckon this one is a Boletus (or Cep) of some sort|
|Jane says this one must be the "Meringue" fungus...|
Just for good measure (nothing whatsoever to do with fungi), I offer these last two photos of things I saw on my walk, simply because I like the photos!
|A Mallard drake on the Basingstoke canal|
[Sunday afternoon walks will never be the same now that I am hooked on photography!]