The leaves are still on the trees, causing patches of deep darkness broken by dazzling spotlights of sunshine. Each one seemed to contain two or three speckled woods chasing each other around, dancing in the sunshine.
Some of them were settling on the ground, cleverly camouflaged in amongst the leaf litter. They'd fly up as I walked through the leaves, flutter around my head, then settle back down in almost the same spot that they came from.
|Very cleverly camouflaged, especially when their wings were shut|
I spotted a few firsts for the year including saffrondrop bonnets, red cracking bolettes and coral fungus. They'll soon be a fairly common site, but for the moment, they're a pleasant discovery and a hint of things to come.
|Saffrondrop bonnets - they have so much orange liquid in their stipe (stem) |
that you can snap the stem and write with it
|Bolettes, like big fat buns, had burst through the leaf litter.|
I think these are probably newly hatched red cracking bolettes, which
will open out and then crack across the top of their cap
|Giant polypore and Rosie|
|They're pretty cool from underneath as well|
|Orb web spider|
|Perfect post 11+ relaxation!|