Last walk of the day for the dog was a quick stroll up the centre path through the wood and while the dog was showing extreme interest in what must have been some really smelly nettles I was checking the undergrowth for anything of interest and donating blood to the local mozzies When I noticed six or so round white mushrooms popping through the leaf litter under some small oak / birch trees, thinking puffballs or earthballs I waded in under the branches for a closer look.
My go to method to check pb or eb is stick a thumb in and check the insides so I picked an older looking one with a slit in the top and jabbed my thumb in, bad idea firstly the skin was so tough and the sphere quite hard an extra hard press with the thumb and SPLAT I got gooed both hands it was like I'd been juggling with eels. So sticky so every where and not a tissue on me. Anyhow I finally got to the darker centre but I'm still amazed at the amount of goo inside, no phone or camera so I'll be going back tomorrow for pic's.
I've just gooo gulled it and it seem there stink horns a first for me at this stage of development and the first I've seen in the woods. Looking forwards to watching them develop, shame there a tad awkward to get to.
A couple of photos of the stink horn eggs about 2ins across I'm going to keep an eye on them and watch them develop. Also a few mushrooms from recent walks all taken on my phone so not to sharp. The last two are the same, think I'm right with elfin saddle don't know which cup fungus it is and the other maybe some sort of bonnet thingy ian.
Much nicer specimen of Dryad's Saddle than the one I found a couple of years back NellyDee. Thanks again ruadh. Death cap! I keep looking for them and seems I've been walking past them it doesn't surprise me. There was quite a patch of them along with lots of yellow coloured brittlegills I thought these were just more of the same slightly dingier coloured and I didn't see any sign of a volva, will be taking a closer look later today. Really quite pleased now I can tag the pictures and add to my fungi folder.
Here's the death cap showing the volva and another stink horn egg with company. The red brittlegill I had to put in just for the stunning colour. The woods always have a good show of fungi if you look hard enough but this year the variety seems well above the norm. ian.