Fungi’s to be with

Following last month’s trip to the Junction 6 Motocross Track, November’s Practical Group activity involved nearly the opposite conditions: close-up photography of fungi where tripods, small apertures, flash and patience were required.

A reconnoitre of the churchyard at Belbroughton two days prior to the latest Practical Group outing, showed some good signs that the fungi were producing their fruiting heads after a snap of cold weather. The grounds man was dutifully blowing leaves from the paths. Sadly, when an intrepid nine BPS members turned up on Saturday afternoon, all the leaves had been carefully raked into piles – and with them all the mushrooms! We made the best of the situation, finding a few lingering specimens and at least one of us rejoicing that they had seen their first Fly Agaric albeit a rather imperfect one. But we exchanged ideas, had a good laugh at Mike’s antique jokes, put the world and BPS to rights and even took a few photographs.

It seems to me that, having “organised” the Practical Group for a year or two now, these excursions are rarely wasted; there’s always something you learn and the company always enjoyable.

Roger Tyler 15th November 2016

Hi Roger

Thank you for p.g today…my very first Fly Algeric..I was a eaten specimen but it is my first, and I’m chuffed…thank you I’m so glad I went….


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