I recently spent more time in Royal National Park – walking along the Coastal Track. I hoped for some stormy weather, but I was a day too late. There and been a big thunderstorm over the area the day before I set off. The weather I had was pretty fine – which made photography a bit difficult – but at least the wet, humid weather before I left meant that some fungi should have popped out.
The highest concentration of fungi was in one small spot – in a saddle on the track not far north of Otford, and before the turn off to the Palm Jungle and Burning Palms. In this saddle there was a lot of fungi out, and it was the case of the more you look the more you saw. I originally got my camera and tripod set up to photograph some small interesting looking and colourful fungi, but when I was squatting down I noticed a lot more types that were out – they were less colourful and a lot harder to notice as you walked past.
I thought there may be more fungi out in the Palm Jungle – it being rainforest – but this was not this case.
On the beaches I noticed a huge amount of pumice that had recently been washed up. I had heard that a large floating island of pumice had recently split apart. This raft of pumice had come from an underwater volcano 800 km north east of New Zealand.
More photos can be seen on my website here.