Come on says Stephen lets take a meander on the Coal Creek walk and see if there is any fungi left.
Thinking we’re being rather optimistic given the drop in temperature of late we weren’t holding much hope for finding any fungi. We were prepared just in case though, with an extra layer of clothing and beanie for the head – fungi hunting can be a cold task as it is slow-moving and it was a cold afternoon.
Well blow me over the track was covered in fungi – it was everywhere and probably more so than in the height of autumn when conditions are supposedly at their prime. We really thought it would have been too cold the last couple of weeks but I guess having a long warm wet month of May helped.
The little guys were everywhere – we couldn’t believe it. While Stephen was setting up the tripod to take the photo I’d just be standing there looking. Stephen would prepare to move on and I’d be like – over there, over here, and some more over there.
There were all sizes and all shapes and all types of fungi – except the little blue gilled. They are definitely long finished but there were some seriously cool other examples to leave the most avid fungi hunter satiated.
The only timing we got wrong on this hunt was time of day as it was starting to get quite dark in the amongst the trees so a good indication that it was time to head back. We’d only made it half way to the end of the track and the Coal Creek Falls waterfall. That’s ok though, it was a nice walk back out of the bush with the dogs – we all got a little bit of exercise and now we know the fungi are still there……. we’ll be back.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about with their two dogs Nico and Ziggy and exploring the region – West Coast of the Southern Alps.