May 3, 2014 … seeing more on foot

My car needed its warrant of fitness yesterday.

Urban scenery

From Normandale Road to the Melling Bridge … the fungi that follow were near that light pole in the bottom right

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.


Unexpected encounter with a Poplar mushroom

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.

More fungus

People driving by must have wondered why this loon was dragging a tripod-mounted camera into the steep bush beside the road

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.

fungus again

Not hamburger buns, but puff-balls

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.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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4 Responses to May 3, 2014 … seeing more on foot

  1. Adam Rosner says:

    Fungi are like snakes: assume all are lethal. I know of people who enjoy wild mushrooms. This is not something I could ever be coerced to try! Good photos with macro view and not a feather in sight!

  2. Ellen says:

    I love the ethereal effect of photo #2.

  3. The white fungi looks to be a brilliant white, which means that photos are difficult on a sunny day. If you ever pass this way again on an lightly overcast day, could you try to take another shot – I am curious to compare the shots under different available light. Very enjoyable photos. Thanks Brian.

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