So often we take a walk in the bush or forest and just enjoy the general scenery, peace and quiet without really looking around us. It is easy to zone out and just put one foot in front of the other or be off thinking of something else.
Today we did a nice hike to the Coal Creek Falls waterfall. Looking down instead of up for a change we made some wonderful discoveries…..
Fungi – not just any fungi but an ever-changing abundance of it. Small, large, broken, round, red, white, yellow, brown and minute.
Once you start looking, what should normally be a one hour return walk soon turns into a 2 hour walk – and that is only because we say “enough is enough”. It was very enlightening discovering these hidden little treasures.
We’ve had a long warm summer and autumn so I think this has added to the conditions of the soil and ground, making it perfect for the life of fungi as I’ve certainly never noticed such an abundance of it before. Once you start looking it is everywhere.
Very cool shapes and adds to the fun of the walk. Make sure you look down next time you are out walking – you never know what you might find. Meantime we’re off to the book store to buy a fungi book and discover exactly what these treasures are…….
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They love to get out exploring and sharing their experiences. Check out their activities page for other ideas on things to do.