Monday, 24 November 2014

Frosty morning on Whiteleaf Hill and Brush Hill

We had our first real frost of the year last night, so I took advantage of the sunshine and headed up to Whiteleaf Hill. The view was amazing, as ever.

The view from Whiteleaf Hill, just above the chalk cross
The frost was still on the ground, although the sun was starting to melt it. It made everything look like it was covered in sugar.

I spotted a Jay in a field next to the wood. Usually I just see a flash of blue feathers as they fly away, or hear them screaming, but this one seemed quite happy to hop around as I photographed it.

There was still plenty of fungus around ....

Amethyst Deceiver

Bracket fungus

A bracket fungus that looked like cauliflower florets

A frosty Ink Cap

There were signs of new fungus growing

A clump of puffballs that had released their spores and
were turning to mush

Sulphur Tuft
You can always find some of the little bonnets around, of which there are many different types. Most are the clumps of small grey Common Bonnets or the large clumps of Fairies Bonnets with their grooved caps.
Common Bonnets
Fairies Bonnets
If you look closely you often find slightly different types of Bonnets. This one was growing on its own and appears to turn yellow where the cap and stem is bruised.

 These were growing in a line along a fallen tree trunk.

While I was there, I popped over the road to Brush Hill as I'd heard the sheep had been put out to graze on the grass slope. Keeping the grass short is great for the wildflowers that thrive there in the summer, so I'm glad to see them there. What a great view they have as well!

The view from the top of the grass slope on Brush Hill

In the woods at Brush Hill

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