Of Damps, Darks, and Decays: Mushroom Mania

This gallery contains 7 photos. With its many trees, Burns Bog is an ideal breeding ground for mushrooms (over 550 species as per its interpretive signage) at any time of the year, but particularly in the autumn, like shelf/bracket fungi which carve large “steps” in dead trees. This one–which looks like a hat–was spotted deep in the forest where little light falls, and taken with flash. Note the “condensation” on the rim of the cap. Photographed on a dazzlingly sunny but cold November 10.

Orange-Yellow-Shelf-Fungi

This massive bluish-black beauty was the first shelf fungi we encountered.

Blue-Shelf-Fungi

Although many species of fungi prefer the shadows for their colonization efforts, a few, like this colourful orange shelf fungi (and the bluish-black one above), brave sunlight.

Orange-Shelf-Fungi

Mushrooms of many other species, shapes, sizes, and colours also proliferate in this bouncy, squishy peatland. These look like poached/sunnyside up eggs.

Poached-Eggs-Mushrooms

We encountered these giant grey mushrooms at the end of our trek.

Giant-Grey-Mushrooms

We even saw a bit of stag’s horn fungi.

Staghorn-Fungi

Surprisingly, we did not see any dangerous amanita muscaria (or tasty and expensive chanterelles), but we did see plenty of pale pink mushrooms instead.

Pale-Pink-Mushroom

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