(to the tune of Batman) da da da da da da da Fungi,
da da da da da da Fungi
over here – BAM – over there WHAM
yep – bit crazy and no I wasn’t sampling the fungi……….
We’re on the Arnold River Dam walk up the Grey Valley between Greymouth and Moana on the hunt for blue fungi. This walk is a great walk for fungi in general but last year we found the last of the elusive blue fungi so thought we’d head out a bit earlier and try our luck.
Well luck we certainly had – it was everywhere. By the end of the walk we weren’t even stopping anymore – it was like “more blue”, “just more blue”. We had hoped to find an abundance of colour but turns out the blue is much earlier than the rest.
We had a little success finding some pretty white, brown and red as well as the beginnings of orange and yellow. Probably need to wait another month and they will be out in force – but then of course the blue will be finished. This detective work is tough!
It was a beautiful day just for a walk in the bush. We have so many beautiful bush walks but I think this would have to be one of my favourites. Here she goes again you’re probably thinking – doesn’t she always say that 😉
It is a favourite with the boys too although maybe not so much today as we didn’t want them standing on the fungi so to ensure they didn’t venture from the trail they were on their leads. Actually that isn’t true it was just the little fella Ziggy while we were waiting on Dad to take the photos – and yes it took a loooooonnnnnngggggg time. Good things come to those who wait though eh.
This walk starts right down on the river edge and soon gets quite some elevation – our very own tree top walkway, then following a ridge-line before heading back down to the river edge again. The vegetation is constantly changing and up high the temperature changes quite dramatically too. Given it was such a lovely day with warm sunny skies it was quite chilly deep in the bush and I was glad for my warmer top.
Autumn has definitely arrived – hot in the sun but cool in the shade – I think Batman and Robin (aka Nico and Jan) would call that perfect fungi hunting material.
BAM – these culprits have been caught!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about with their two faithful companions Nico and Ziggy and exploring the many wonders of the West Coast of the Southern Alps.