The song of the mushrooms woke me from my bed

That title is the wonderful first sentence in “That sounds fungi, it must be the dawn chorus”, chapter in Terry Pratchett, “A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction” (2014, Doubleday). Teachers of writing have said that the first sentence is a very important “hook”, and this one sure had me.

The chapter is about Pratchett getting up early to collect edible mushrooms. It’s certainly something my parents and I did when I was a kid, driving into the countryside to favoured spots in paddocks or forests on Sunday mornings to gather field mushrooms. As in other countries, in Australia we have to make sure they are edible before we eat them, as some will kill you in particularly painful ways.

The fungi in the photos below, untested as to edibility, are all from Five Corners, Copmanhurst in dry sclerophyll, sandy country (thanks to Mazza Verdante who took the photos). I was going to try to identify them, but time has gotten away so I’ll just give them numbers in case some kind reader can identify them for me or I get around to it in future. There are quite a few photos, and they will extend over several posts.

Five Corners fungus 1

Five Corners fungus 1

Five Corners fungus 2

Five Corners fungus 2

Five Corners fungus 3B

Five Corners fungus 3A

Five Corners fungus 3A

Five Corners fungus 3B

Five Corners fungus 4

Five Corners fungus 4

Five Corners fungus 5

Five Corners fungus 5

Five Corners fungus 6A

Five Corners fungus 6A

Five Corners fungus 6A_50

Five Corners fungus 6B

Five Corners fungus 6C_50

Five Corners fungus 6C

Five Corners fungus 7

Five Corners fungus 7

Five Corners fungus 8

Five Corners fungus 8

Five Corners fungus 9

Five Corners fungus 9A

Five Corners fungus 9B_50

Five Corners fungus 9B

Five Corners fungus 9C_50

Five Corners fungus 9C

Five Corners fungus 9D_50

Five Corners fungus 9D

Five Corners fungus 9E_50

Five Corners fungus 9E

Five Corners fungus 9F_50

Five Corners fungus 9F

Five Corners fungus 9G_50

Five Corners fungus 9G

Five Corners fungus 10

Five Corners fungus 10A

Five Corners fungus 11A

Five Corners fungus 10B

Five Corners fungus 10C_50

Five Corners fungus 10C

Five Corners fungus 12A

Five Corners fungus 11A

Five Corners fungus 12B_50

Five Corners fungus 11B

There will be more fungi from the same location in the next few posts.

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5 Responses to The song of the mushrooms woke me from my bed

  1. peonyden says:

    Amazing group of mostly unfamiliar fungi.
    #9 looks like a Boletus of some kind.
    The yellow #10 looks like an Amanita, but not the Fairy Mushroom. Wrong colour.but i still would not eat it. 😉
    Denis

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  3. Mazza says:

    Thanks Joy,
    Glad you found my photos of interest. It’s great to see them out there and hopefully contributing to knowledge, as you, yourself are certainly are doing.

    All the Best,

    Mazza

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