The Overland Diaries pt.XX – fungi season

Late season is fungi season on the Overland Track, and it’s fair to say it’s one of my favourite times to be up in the mountains.

If you look carefully you’ll find fungi in the park at pretty much any time of the year, as long as there is moisture, shade and some old organic material, but it’s late summer and early autumn, in the deep, cool rainforests of the Upper Mersey and Upper Forth valleys where they really put on a show.

All shot with the surprisingly versitile Ricoh GR. I have no idea what any of them are called (except the first; a Strawberry Bracket) so if there’s any mushroom experts out there let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “The Overland Diaries pt.XX – fungi season

  1. Hey Nick,

    How’s things? A couple of id’s and guesses for you: 3 and 19 – look like Clavulinopsis sulcata, 4 could be Galerina hypnorum, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 – pretty sure these are all Mycena, the blue guys are interrupta and the one with the yellow stem is epipterygia, 9 – might be Artomyces, 17 – is Alueria aurantia, 18 – pretty sure the white ones are Hygrocybe mavis. Really nice photos.

    So a quick question for you, Maya is keen on getting a nice camera and isn’t interested in a bulky slr, wondering if you have any suggestions? I’ve heard you talk about cameras and know you know a fair bit! Would you recommend the Ricoh GR, or if you were buying now would you go something else?

    Heard you’ve got a place up at Miena too, would love to check it out sometime.

    cheers,
    Sam

    • Hey Sam, thanks for the IDs!

      The GR is an awesome camera with amazing quality for it’s size, but a lot of photographers might find the single focal length frustrating (it’s a fixed 28mm wide-angle).

      As a really good, compact and quality all-rounder I’d suggest the Sony RX100. They have just released a MkIII version which looks great, but the MkII uses the same sensor and you should be able to find one a bit cheaper now it’s ‘old stock’.

      Yep it’s a family shack up at Miena, the outside is basically done but the inside’s pretty much just stud-work…

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