Fruiting bodies on a moss

Moss with fruiting bodies

Mosses are plants which date back to an era before flowers were evolved. The swellings at the end of these stalks growing from a patch of moss will develop the spores which are spread for the next generation of the plant. This particular clump of moss was growing conveniently a little below eye level on the top of a stone wall on the Compton Road.

Slender fungus near the Molineux

Slender mushroom

This fungus was growing in the flower bed by the underpass leading to the Molineux stadium.

Mushroom near Chapel Ash

Mushroom near Chapel Ash

This interesting looking fungus was growing by the base of one of the trees planted near the edge of the pavement at the top end of Tettenhall Road.

Mushroom near Chapel Ash

CORRECTION: identified by Lukas Large as possibly honey fungi

Male hazel catkins

Hazel catkins

The male flowers of a hazel bush, with a leaf bud visible where they fork off from the main twig.

Bear baiting

Bear baiting. Support, spectators

One of the simple pleasures of the good old days: dogs tear a bear to pieces to provide a spectator sport suitable for a female audience.

This portrayal on a misericord is in the old parish church in Enville.

Rosebay willowherb in winter

Rosebay willowherb in winter

The remains of one of the plants from last year.

Abbot’s Bromley Horn and Horse Head

Horn Dance Stags Horn

One of the sets of antlers and the hobby horse head as used in the annual Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance, held on the Monday which falls between September 6th and September 12th (inclusive).
The antlers have been carbon dated as originating in the eleventh century; the hobby horse is a modern copy of a medieval original.

The antlers and horse can be seen in the village church when not in use.

Horn Dance Horse Head

Squat mushroom

Squat mushroom

This unusually-proportioned mushroom was growing near a bramble bush in Hawthorn Wood, a patch of woodland in the Smestow Valley LNR off Hordern Road. Despite its distinctive shape, I haven’t managed to identify its species.

Squat mushroom

Parkdale, pre-dawn

Parkdale before dawn

These pictures were taken in Parkdale, off the Tettenhall Road, about an hour before an early December sunrise.

Parkdale before dawn

Mistletoe, Coventry city centre

Mistletoe, Coventry city centre

These bunches of mistletoe were growing on trees within the ring road in the centre of Coventry. The one above was on a tree between the university and the cathedrals.

Mistletoe, Coventry city centre

These bunches were near the top end of Warwick Road. The Greyfriars spire can be seen in the background below.

Mistletoe, Coventry city centre

Woodland clearing, Sutton Park

Woodland, Sutton Park

Time for a reminder that the trees aren’t always bare. This is a woodland clearing in Sutton Park as it was last August.

Sulfur tuft mushrooms on a lawn

Sulfur tuft mushrooms on a lawn

A fairly common fungus species, and one of the more visible ones now the weather is getting hard, sulfur tufts form large clumps of yellow mushrooms. These were growing on the lawn outside the flats on Merridale Road.

Sulfur tuft mushrooms on a lawn

Sulfur tuft mushrooms on a lawn

Sulfur tuft mushrooms on a lawn