Winter lights: retrospective

Shows silvery grey of Cladonia species of lichen, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Silvery towers: Cladonia species of lichen

Winter in retrospect…

When the temperatures dropped, varieties of lichen like the ones above echoed the morning frost found in open spaces when the nights were clear.

Whites do stand out against the more subdued colours of winter here – there was plenty to see and enjoy including flowers, fungi, lichen and the odd slime mould or two.

The hakea has been flowering for a while, now, into spring, with its characteristic upright and columnar habit and prickly foliage. The scent is subtle and has an anise-like undertone. The flowers glow against the red stems of the branches – especially when the light is just right in the morning and late afternoon.

Shows Hakea decurrens, Bushy Needlewood, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Fragrant white flowering Hakea decurrens, Bushy Needlewood

Found from April onward, the fungi in the Reserve have been less prolific this year but perhaps present in more variety. (See Angela Barrow’s additions to the Reserve’s FaceBook site for some fabulous fungi images.)

shows pair of Cortinarius agarics, apricot and lavender colouring, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Subtle colouring in apricot and lavender – Cortinarius sp.

Shows white leathery shelf fungi, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Bright white leathery shelf fungi

Shows translucent Tremella species of fungus, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Translucent white Tremella species

Shows Earth Star, Geastrum triplex, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Pale earth star, Geastrum triplex

Shows pale yellow Ramaria species of fungi, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Ice yellow of Ramaria species, prolific in the Reserve this year

Shows white underside of a bracket fungi, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Looking a little like the the Starship Enterprise, the white underside of a leathery bracket fungi

Shows white underside of Little Ping Pong Bats, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White underside of Little Ping Pong Bats, fungi which live on wood

And slime moulds are fascinating: you can see their shift in position over time.

Shows white slime mould on wood and moss, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Slime mould on wood and moss

Shows pale coloured slime mould, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

One of the slime moulds of the season

The common heath has been found for some time, coming into its own during the winter months and enjoying another spurt of flowering now.

Shows white flowering heath, Epacris Impressa, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White heath, Epacris impressa

The sundew is one of the most beautiful seasonal flowers.

Shows pale flower of Drosera Aberrans, Scented sundew, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Pale flower of Drosera Aberrans, Scented sundew

Shows flower of Drosera Aberrans, Scented sundew, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Scented Sundew, Drosera aberrans

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