Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wexford Sights (XX): More Mushrooms






The appalling financial news emanating from Ireland this week has depressed me so much that it's hard to focus on it, so I'm trying to concentrate on one of the few positive aspects of life in this benighted country: the extraordinary profusion of different types of fungus (which I've already documented in previous posts). And they can be so transient: the black-rimmed, frilly mushroom in the bottom photograph popped up in a patch of waste ground up the lane beside our house, and two days later it had disappeared, probably flattened by a tractor. But here's a picture more relevant to a whole lot of people living in Ireland today: 

4 comments:

stancarey said...

Ah, these are a sight for sore eyes — such diversity in their shapes and colours and textures! The top one looks as though it was designed by Bucky Fuller, and I like the bite that appears to have been taken out of the clump on the tree stump.

A Doubtful Egg said...

This year, the forests have produced an amazing crop of mushrooms. I was walking in the Raven today, a forest by the sea near Wexford Town, and there were mushrooms everywhere: from tiny, delicate buttons on spindly stalks to huge, thick ones as wide as saucers. As is to be expected, I took dozens of photos...
The top one is like an alien HQ from Star Trek, isn't it? And as for the bites, many shrooms show signs that animals had a taste, and after profuse vomiting (and possible hallucinations) realised that there are certain things in the forest you just don't want to sample!

jams o donnell said...

You do get some groovy mushrooms!

Gah the news about the Irish economy is depressing. I shudder to think where it will end.

Our own government is about to make enormous budget cuts here (which is why I;m quitting the civil service in just 19 days), I shudder to think where they will lead too...

A Doubtful Egg said...

The Tories' policy will lead to exactly the same as what is happening here: to paraphrase Alan Moore, the rich will be better off, the poor will be better off dead. It's a very nasty society we're breeding on these islands, and one that I think many more people are opposed to than is generally reported in our right-wing media.
Glad you like the photos! And have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-0PQATQuQI
Our current Taoiseach turns up on radio half-asleep and hungover; our ex-Taoiseach hides in a cupboard to promote a worthless tabloid. I sometimes wonder if I'm in some nightmare caused by too much bacon, cabbage and Bass ale...
Only 19 days? What then (if you don't mind me asking?)