The inkcaps are a family of mushrooms which spread their spores by deliquescing. Their caps are transformed into a black slime, which is indeed the pores.
Another name for this species is lawyers wig. At a certain stage in their decomposition the caps can look very like a barrister’s less than pristine headgear (below and especially above).
The specimens pictured here show the range of stages from newly emerged to almost completely deliquesced.
This one was outlined by dew on the remains of an umbellifer on an early morning at the start of September.
A spider’s web catching the sunlight.
Not a spider, but still an arachnid. This individual seems to have lost one of its legs.
Also known as Fuller’s Thistles, these spiny plants were once cultivated for use in processing wool.
From the shape, it is easy to see where this group of small insect species get their name.
This is the 404th post since this blog started exactly a year ago today. After one missed day in the first week, there has been at least one posting every day.
Now to see if I can keep up that momentum without too much repetition.
This close-up of thistle seeds ready to be blown away by the next wind looks like an abstract.
The cross spider is very commonly seen in houses and gardens at this time of year.
These tiny and delicate mushrooms were growing through moss and barely peeping above it.
Ripening from a dull green to vivid red.
This delicate mushroom is possibly a Little Japanese Umbrella past its best.