Friday, 7 October 2011


Adrian has had a good harvest of fungi fotos (or is it phungi photos - strange language, English) recently.  I've taken a few as well but I shall confine this post to a couple in situ and some in the Civray market and, one assumes, therefore of the edible variety.  They certainly looked rather more interesting than those on the shelves at the local Tesco.  I really have no idea what the fungi are and my attempts at identification might simply cloud the issue so I shall just hope that someone with more knowledge than I have will comment on them.  The fungi in the first photo was about the size of my hand but the second was half as big again.  Mind you I have fairly small hands.

Taken in the Lot-et-Garnonne
Taken in the Poitou Charrante
At Civray market


  1. The first looks like a broken Dryads Saddle. The second I can't help. It's not Artists Fungus I don't think......Blueing Bracket?
    What he has for sale in the market....you should have asked and bought a bit.

  2. Even though I live in town I've seen a lot of fungi around this autumn though, because of the wet and warm weather. [One photo will be coming up in my FMTSO post - prepared but not posted yet as I write this.] As for those big ones in your market photo... The only thing that suggests to me they might be edible is that someone is trying to sell them as such! But I'm definitely no fungus expert, and generally rather cowardly!

  3. Fungi are so interesting, specially in their natural habitat, and I'm always rather sorry to see them picked and offered for sale in markets!

  4. Lovely clear photos GB, what sort of camera do you use?


  5. Thanks Adrian. Fungi are an area I know next to nothing about (together with nuclear physics and, come to think of it, life in general) so I'm always glad to get help from those who know something. It never even occurred to me to buy some in the market nor to ask - I'm a bit thick at times).

    Monica: When I used to go to Berlin a lot our friends there used to take us into the forests and we used to collect fungi and feast on them - fortunately they knew what they were doing.

    I agree Jenny that they are beautiful in their natural habitat but, unfortunately, so are many things which we eat and use. I feel like weeping every time I see a hardwood tree felled but I wonder if it isn't all part of the great conundrum of life and consequences. If the great oaks hadn't been felled for the warships of Trafalgar and the Nile would we be sitting here today thinking about such things. Sorry. I got carried away.

    Thank you SP. I generally use a cross-over camera - a Sony DSG-HX1. I use it because traveling as I do so much by plane between I cannot carry the weight (16k all up) of my old SLR and lenses. It has a 20x lens (equivalent to about 660mm on an SLR). I have used cross-over cameras now since 2004 and I can't see me ever going back to an SLR despite occasional temptation.