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" Fungi, Flowers and Friends "

Date & start time:    Early October, 2018.    (Various dates)

Location of Start :   By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Local walks across the meadows, woodland and river sides.

Walk details :             Shorter walks of about an hour max.

Highest point :          The changing seasons.

Walked with :             Solo or with Hilton and Vanessa and our dog Dylan.

Weather :                    Autumnal and changeable.

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With the young puppy growing a-pace but not yet fully inoculated against potential problems,

young Dylan is still walking on his own at this time.  Ann (or I) stay home to look after the puppy as befits the day.

These photos represent some views of the changing season here in Loweswater

taken on whatever camera or phone was handy at the time.

Clear skies and good visibility from Scale Hill as Dylan looks north along the length of the Lorton Valley.

To our right is Lanthwaite Green and the slopes of Grasmoor.

To the left the ridge of Low Fell with the old Scale Hill Hotel roof line below us.

Ahead is the central part of the hamlet of Loweswater.

I hesitate to call it a village despite having a church and pub as the houses are all spread out

rather than gathered particularly around the centre.

Looking more or less south over Crummock Water to the High Stile Ridge.

Mellbreak is the fell to the right, with the brighter grass of "The Peel" pushing out into the lake.

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On this walk I walked down into the woods and was pleased to see the wide variety of fungi growing there.

( Please don't expect me to name them all . . . but I will add suitable names if submitted or subsequently discovered .)

A grey-topped fungi, about three or four inches across, with white gills underneath the cap.

It maybe the charcoal burner but please this is by no way an identification that gives you the right to eat it . . . Helmut

These two had a more brown cap and had been presumably picked and cast aside by the winds and rain.

Not all fungi were white and easy to spot . . . this black variety could almost go unnoticed.

Beautiful classic mushrooms growing on what was probably an old beech log.

More growing further along the same log . . . with a second variety living amidst them.

This dramatic round bracket-type fungus was growing on an old tree stump.

Pink tinges to this round, more classic shaped fungi.

A puff-ball in between some evergreen branches.
A stunning, almost sponge-like clump of fungi at a tree base.


The "stunning, almost sponge-like clump of fungi at a tree base" seems to be Cauliflower Fungus,

eadable, but once more only if identified with certainty . . . Helmut

The phone didn't cope with depth of focus in poor light with this brown fungus

but there's a clearer one hiding towards the top of the photo.

In an open clearing of disturbed gravel there was a profusion of mushrooms

that had the appearance almost of broken, papery wasp nests.

Strong, fresh growth on an old beech trunk.
A classic Fly Agaric toadstool.

Several were growing next to the track to the boathouse, their size and white spots increasing with their age.

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Another day . . .

I join Hilton and Vanessa on a walk down to the lake.

We crossed the fields towards Muncaster House . . .

. . . where this patch of fungi was arresting, growing as it was in the open air.

The fungus has obviously entered the structure of this old Ash stump and spread out through the root system.

The same stump today, three weeks later . . . a big change in the fungi surrounding the tree.

Two have survived, they must be a different variety.

Arm in arm down to moody Crummock.

Heading round The Peel until we reach the fallen pines.

Hilton, Dylan and Vanessa . . . guess who's got cold knees despite the increasing sunshine ?

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More fresh fungi


on the stump of the old pines


by the small beach.



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Continuing our walk

we pass the old Pump House

which has been extracting drinking water

for Workington Corporation

since 1903.



It is now maintained

by United Utilities P.l.c.

Not quite so glamorous a name.


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Looking the other way . . . Dylan waits patiently for us to continue the walk.

Down on the lake-side of the concrete wall . . . in danger of flooding !
Back through Lanthwaite Woods and more tree fungus.

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What of the Paddock I hear you cry . . . or at least hear one of you whispering . . .

The nasturtiums are recovering slightly as they haven't been picked remorselessly for salads recently.

A bright red dahlia . . . but look, our squirrel is back on the nut dispenser !

He darts between the table and the garden, burying food as he goes.

It's lovely to see him as he has not been a regular visitor in the garden recently.

Back on the table for more food.

Stopping for a while . . . to eat some for a change.

. . . then back down onto the lawn, carrying a nut in his mouth.

Another one saved for later.

Back on the nut dispenser . . . he seems to prefer hazel to monkey nuts . . . busy . . . then he was gone.

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A few pictures of some of the wild flowers that are still in bloom at this time of year.

Orange Celtic Poppy.
Pink poppies . . . you can see the old flower seed heads.
A pink astor of some sort ?       

The violet flower to me looks like garden cosmos   Cosmos Bipinnatus

which is an annual plant now growing every year in my garden for nearly ten years, after only once buying the seeds . . . Helmut.

Like cow parsley but not so tall.
English Marigolds complete the current flowering set.

Soon I have to mow the paddock and remove the cut grass so that I can plant a few spring bulbs.

The short growth will allow the spring blooms to be seen.  In addition, the cut grass will make good compost.

The reduced fertility will encourage next year's flowers by discouraging the grass !

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Time to stop and think about calendars . . . have you ordered yours yet ?

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Technical note: Pictures taken with whatever camera or phone was available.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a sleeping puppy to allow time to do other things.

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Previous pictures - 1st October - Dougal and Visitors - take two

A previous walk with fungi - 14th November 2014 - Tunnel vision with Gareth

Next walk - 14th October - Dougal's First Walk Out

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