Discoveries in the Undergrowth


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…..

fried egg fungi coal creek falls

hidden treasures in the bush

Fungi – not just any fungi but an ever-changing abundance of it. Small, large, broken, round, red, white, yellow, brown and minute.

star flower fungi coal creek falls waterfall walk

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.

a new life begins in the bush

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.

mushroom fungi on the coal creek falls bush walk

conehead - fungi in the bush on coal creek falls walk

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.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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5 Responses to Discoveries in the Undergrowth

  1. bulldog says:

    These are magnificent captures… absolutely wonderful…

    • Jan says:

      thanks. Stephen does all our photography but I found it fun looking for them and the right light etc – put a whole new dimension our bush walks.

  2. Great shots. I am always up for enjoying and photographing fungi with their beautiful colors and strange shapes. I not beyond eating a few now and then as well. (grin) Curt

    • Coastingnz says:

      Was our virst attempt Curt and we both really enjoyed it – Stephen taking the photos and me finding the fungi. I’m all for eating mushrooms – love the wild ones but don’t think these guys were edible. My new book will soon tell me….

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