The Eagles in Toolangi

Pixie’s Parasols, Mycena interrupta

Pixie’s Parasols, Mycena interrupta

Toolangi State Forest in north eastern Victoria is a remnant tract of cool temperate rainforest the next water catchment over from where I live. In summer it is a cool haven from the hot north winds. Unfortunately the forest suffered in the 2009 bushfires and logging of this natural wonder is the current reality.

At this time of year the moist bush is a haven for fungi. The Kalatha Giant Tree Walk is a case in point. Not only does this track yield bioluminescent fungi (unremarkable looking in the daytime) but I also discovered fungi in the colours of the West Coast Eagles, blue and gold. Gold I expected but the blue colour is so rare in nature, it did take me by surprise.

Slimy Yellow Cortinar,   Cortinarius sinapicolor

Slimy Yellow Cortinar, Cortinarius sinapicolor

My next goal is to find fungi with the purple colour of the Freo Dockers.

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