Easter in the Northern Blue Mountains 14 – 17 April 2017

A few days before Easter a few trips were suggested in the Northern Blue Mountains, and just before we headed out one was settle on. Dave Williams had contacted the farm managers involved and we would be able to drive close to where we wanted to start walking. Also on the trip were Wendy, Martin and Michael.

So, on Good Friday, we drove into the Capertee Valley and later turned off onto a farm road, and after chatting with the farmers we parked at the base of the Red Rock Trail. This led into Gardens of Stone National Park. Not far along, we left the trail and climbed up the spur leading to Mt Harvey. This was straightforward but not always easy walking – some parts were scrubby, other parts were bouldery and we had to scramble up and around obstacles.  Continue reading

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Fungi Photography at Birdwood Gully, Coachwood Glen and Blackheath Airstrip – 11 April 2017

This was a truly amazing day of fungi photography at three locations in the Blue Mountains. Most of our time was spent at Coachwood Glen on the Megalong Road close to Blackheath.

Hygrocybe roseoflavida

I had travelled up the mountains by train to meet Liz at Springwood. Atli was coming up with us, but I had unfortunately told him the wrong train to catch. So while we were waiting Liz and Myself headed off to nearby Birdwood Guly to see what was out.

Mycena interrupta

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More Amazing Fungi at Sassafras Gully – 9 April 2017

The fungi at Sassafras Gully at Springwood have really benefited from the recent wet period and their is now a lot on display. I headed up the mountains with Atli, a visiting nature photographer from Iceland. We had met the year before when he was visiting Australia. Not far down the track, we also met another friend Tam. She had her camera out and was photographing fungi too. So she joined us on the day.

Humidicutis taekeri

Its always a good sign if you see fungi early on along the track, and this time we came across some large coral fungi – Ramarias, growing next to the track. This was along the track that starts from the end of Sassafras Gully Road. Lower down, in the rainforest there was a lot more fungi out – and some of it was truly astounding.  Continue reading

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Wolli Creek Fungi – 8 April 2017

This was a joint activity of the Sydney Fungal Studies Group Inc and the Wolli Creek Preservation Society. After meeting at the picnic tables at Girrahween Park, we broke up into two groups to look for and collect fungi specimens.

One group headed down the Two Valleys Track and the other group, the one I was in headed up the track – walking from Bardwell Park to Bexley North and back. On the way our group found a fair bit of fungi – but not a huge variety or abundance and nothing too interesting. Continue reading

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Bola Creek Fungi – 7 April 2017

Digi Dave and myself headed back into Royal National Park for a day of fungi photography at Bola Creek. Being able to spend the whole day there meant we had the time for god look around to locate species and take the time to set up for photography.

Humidicutis taekeri

The day was very worthwhile. We found a lot of interesting fungi out. Some of the highlights were seeing a lot more trumpet fungi out, seeing a cluster of the pale blue Entoloma ( Inocephalus virescens) and also Digi Dave spotted a nice pair of the rare Humidictis taekeri. Continue reading

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Rodriguez Pass – Waterfalls and Fungi – 6 April 2017

This was quite a long and strenuous walk at Blackheath, particularly so with stops to photograph waterfalls and fungi. But it was very worthwhile and spectacular.

I caught an early train to Blackheath and then walked the 30 minutes to Govetts Leap Lookout. I was going to do this walk a few weeks ago – but it was far to wet on the day. On that occasion, I had  descended to the base of Govetts Leap and found the water too high for the series of crossings needed to traverse Rodriguez Pass. This time, the water level was a lot lower, so I was confident that I could cross all the creeks. Continue reading

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Lane Cove Valley – Fungi – 5 April 2017

This was another walk from Thornleigh, down the Great North Walk Track down the Lane Cove River to De Burghs Bridge and the crossing over and along the Riverside Track to Porters Creek and then by road to Macquarie Park Station.

A fair amount of fungi was out. Not as much as I have seen recently at Sassafras Gully at Springwood or at Bola Creek in Royal National Park. Continue reading

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More Local Stinkhorns – 3 April 2017

More recent rain has brought out more stinkhorns. Too much rain in fact – many of them have been a bit washed out. Here are some photos taken in parks at Dulwich Hill and along the Cooks River.

Aseroë rubra

So far I have found three species. The most common at present is Phallus rubicundus. It seems to grow in profusion at many sites along the Cooks River. Continue reading

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Sassafras Gully Fungi – 2 April 2017

After recent trips to Bola Creek where a lot of fungi had been seen, I was keen to head up to Sassafras Gully at Springwood again.

Microglossum viride

What I found there was a veritable bonanza of fungi. I spent most of the day in the valley locating and photographing fungi and slime moulds. On this visit, I started from the track at Sassafras Gully Road and walked down to Glenbrook Creek and then went out via Magdala Creek and Fairy Dell. Continue reading

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Bola Creek Fungi – 1 April 2017

This was a field activity to Bola Creek in Royal National Park organised by the Sydney Fungal Studies Group Inc. On the morning, we spilt into groups and search for fungi, and collected samples to take back to the picnic table after lunch to work out what they were.

Much of what  saw was quite similar to what I had seen four days earlier. But that was a nice amount. Here are some photos –  Continue reading

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