I like the way that dewdrops act like tiny lenses, magnifying whatever lies behind them:
|Dewdrops on grass leaf|
The drop on the end of the leaf on the right caught my eye:
|Dewdrops on grass|
Here's a close-up:
|Dewdrop as a lens|
Spider's webs and mosses also catch the water:
The forestry was a bit damp, but I found this fascinating mushroom growing on moss on a piece of Spruce bark left over from the harvesting a few years ago:
The size (15 mm across the cap), shiny cap and domed appearance immediately made me think of Panaeolus, and the gills were suitably grey, but the yellowish stipe (stem) didn't fit with anything in the books. I took a spore print, fully expecting to find a black spore deposit, and was astonished to find that the print was white. Back to square one. Repeated keyings led me to Mycena, but I had never seen a Mycena specimen like that. Suddenly I remembered Mycena epipterygia, which I have often found nearby, and which has a stipe with a pronounced yellow base and yellow top. It seems that this specimen, which was a good deal larger than usual, had dried and had perhaps also been slightly frosted. Every day has a surprise.
I also found a single specimen of Crepidotus variabilis on a fallen twig:
The big surprise about Crepidotus is that they have brown spores, and there is a hint of this under different lighting conditions:
|Crepidotus showing a slight pink in reflected light|
|Crepidotus in slight light|
|Crepidotus in setting sunlight|
I think fungi can be extremely beautiful if you look at them closely.