My car needed its warrant of fitness yesterday.
The dealer dropped me back home at 8am. I checked at around 11am and it was ready. The day was almost reasonable, so I decided to walk the 3 km from home to collect it. On the way I paused on the lower reaches of Normandale Rd to look down on the Normandale Bridge, and the Ewen Bridge behind it. I like the fact that Normandale is a very leafy suburb.
Further down the road, as I was approaching the bridge over the motorway and railway line, I spotted some fungi in the bush beside the road. I am not a fungi specialist, but I know many who are, and can see the attraction. The nearest match I can find by way of identification is Agrocybe parasitica , also known as the poplar mushroom, though it was not growing on a poplar. The translucent whiteness just begged to be captured.
There was a cluster of them growing on a single tree trunk. Despite having walked here on many occasions, I have never seen these before.
On the far side of the road, I saw something that at first glance looks as though someone had discarded their “Big Mac”, uneaten. On the other hand it was much too big, and on closer inspection I decided it was in fact another fungus – a puff-ball of the Vascellum family but I have no expertise to resolve it more closely. Interesting thing though.
And that’s all for now.