Branched oyster fungus

Branched oyster fungus

This mushroom is growing on a tree stump by the Bridgnorth Road.

Branched oyster fungus

The black flecks must be splashed up by the passing traffic.

Ripe sloe berries

Sloe berries

These berries, on the same bushes as the posts earlier this autumn, are now making their final colour change to black.

Sloe berries

Ear fungus

Ear fungus

Described as in the title in recent field guides, but as Jew’s ear fungus until recently. This itself was from an original name as Judas’ ear fungus.

Ear fungus

The name derives from the slight resemblance to a human ear, and its habit of growing on elder trees. According to folklore, the elder was used by Judas when he hung himself.

Heron in the reeds

Heron

This heron, whose pictures were taken within minutes of the one featured a few days ago, was standing calmly in a patch of reeds a couple of hundred yards further downstream on the canal that the other.

Heron

It gave no sign of wanting to take flight to avoid the disturbance on the other bank.

Heron

Alder

Alder catkins

The new catkins (top), seeds (middle picture) and turning leaves were all pictured on the same tree on the same day.

Alder seeds

Alder leaves

Heron in a treetop

Heron

The conifers by Compton lock on the Staffs and Worcs canal are a favourite vantage point for a heron.

Heron

This one’s feathers were catching in the wind, showing the plumes which were so attractive to Victorian milliners and their customers.

Heron

Finally it had had enough attention.

Heron

Fly agaric

Fly agaric

This is the same individual as posted previously. In the eight days between the two sets of pictures being taken there was a lot of heavy rain. This resulted in the fading in the red colour of the cap.

Fly agaric