The Coal Creek Falls walk is signposted as 1 hour return. We normally do it in 40 minutes.
Our latest effort however took us 2.25 hours……
It was a treasure hunt, searching for the magic of mushrooms.
Autumn is the perfect time to discover the magic of mushroom hunting.
There are colours, sizes and shapes galore. Typically I forgot to take my “Mushroom and Other NZ Fungi” book with me – one day I’ll learn!
We’ve spent the last three Autumn seasons on the search for fungi and just when we think we’ve found all there is to find, we undercover a new treasure – new to us anyway.
This latest hunt was a great success even finding “White Butter Jelly” – how decadent does that sound! And decadent it is – a delicacy in Japan and China, used in cuisine and medicinal purposes.
While Stephen takes the photographs, I continue to studiously search the forest floor and I also discovered what we think is a NZ Spider Orchid. This thing is tiny but it really does look like an orchid – oh so pretty.
It takes a lot of patience and concentration to find all these little gems. Sometimes you can find yourself looking right at them and other times you almost need a microscope to see them they can be so tiny. Every one precious in its own right though.
Next time you take a walk in the forest during Autumn, slow down, look down and you’ll discover a whole new world.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Great nature lovers, they enjoy getting out and about and exploring all things West Coast.