Saturday, December 18, 2021

Ramalina farinacea (lichen)


Found blown on to the woodland floor in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT)
Photo: 17th December 2021

Evernia prunastri (lichen)


Found on a fallen twig within Lancelot Clark Storth

Quote:) from Lichens Guide "It has been used by man for several purposes, including as "a fixitive for perfume" a dyeing agent.  It was ground up with rose petals to make a hair powder which whitened wigs. Covered up some of the smell of unwashed bodies and killed off head lice.  This species was often added as a flavouring to bread in the Middle East.  Iw was served as wadding in shotguns. The usnic acid it contains can be used to produce an antibiotic but it has been known to produce an allergy in woodcutters.  Long Tailed tits greatly favour this species for their nest where it forms an effective camouflage. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Cladonia fimbriata


A lovely lichen which can be in the shape of a golf tee. Found in Lancelot Clark Storth (bottom) on rotting tree stumps. Photo taken 17th December 2021.

There are some other shapes which seemed associated so I will include them here. 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Ramariopsis subtilis species


Ramariopsis subtilis

Yellow Staghorn (Calocera viscosa)


Yellow Staghorn found in Dalton Crags on 21st November 2014

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme)


Stump puffball found in Dalton Crags. This one resembles the Lawyers Wig. 

Glistening Inkcap (Caprinellus micaceus)


The above Glistening Inkcap were found in Dalton Crags on 8th September 2014.

Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)


I found this Common puffball in Dalton Crags on 8th September 2014

Collared Earthstar (Geastrum triplex)


This is a interesting fungi I found during December 2020 on Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal whilst on my way to Lancelot Clark Stort. There were numerous on the side banking of the bridleway. The area is canopied with lots of cover from medium sized trees.

I have been checking it out again during 2021 but sadly have not found any.


Amoebozoa - slime mould


I found this on a decaying tree within Lancelot Clark Storth close to the very bottom track as you start to climb up towards the "cattle crush".

This shows the same slime mould about 7-10 days later.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Cladonia pyxidata


This is most likely to be: Cladonia pyxidata
But other possibilities are: C. pocillum, C. chlorophaea agg or C. monomorpha

This is most likely to be: Cladonia pyxidata
But other possibilities are: C. pocillum, C. chlorophaea agg or C. monomorpha

This is most likely to be: Cladonia pyxidata
But other possibilities are: C. pocillum, C. chlorophaea agg or C. monomorpha

This species was found on the lower pavements in Dalton Crags on 3rd December 2021

Clavulina species

 Clavulina species (Early December)

I found this beauty in Dalton Crags (Lower part) approached from Nineteen Trees.  (7816771945)

Cedar Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium clavariiforme) Early May


"Tongues Of Fire"

This is an fungi which I first started to notice last year when I was walking through Holme Stinted Pastures, near Burton In Kendal. It seems to take over some of the more ancient Juniper trees. I am told it is also prevalent on Scout Scar.

Yesterday (7th May 2021) I was again in the same area actually photographing Early Purple Orchids, although sadly these had been almost demolished with all the heavy rain we have had recently.  Yet I did notice from a couple of the Junipers which were well spread out from one another that they bore the Gymnosporangium clavariiforme or the Cedar Apple Rust fungi.  I would have estimated that the fungi was one to two days old at the best and would be gone within the period of the next couple of days. It does not last long and seems to disappear without trace. 

Here are some of the photos from yesterday, I hope you enjoy.  Please let me know if you want any further details.


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