And yet more fungi…

And yet more fungi…

fungi
And the fungi keep on coming...The first image is of a Death Cap. Aptly named, anyone eating one of these things is pretty much guaranteed to find themselves with a pressing appointment with the hereafter...
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More fungi

More fungi

fungi
This is a fantastic time of year for fungi. They can turn up in the oddest of places too. I recently came across some shaggy inkcaps that were growing in small gravel-filled gap between a paved pathway and a concrete wall. However, these fungi, above, were found in more typical surroundings. Most of these here were in found in woods in Oxfordshire, while the ink caps were found on a lawn adjacent to Coventry Cathedral. I must get round to identifying them...
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A jewel of a museum

A jewel of a museum

history
I took some students to the Museum of Jewellery in Birmingham's jewellery quarter. It is an amazing place. Having been in the business of manufacturing jewellery for nearly a hundred years, it finally closed its doors as it stood on its last working day in the mid 1980s. It's as though the workers have just popped out for a moment. There's even jars of jam and Marmite sitting undisturbed on a cupboard in the office. It's a remarkably atmospheric place and there is something to fascinate the eye and mind at every turn. In the electroplating alchove, where lethal chemicals are used as part of the plating process, there is a kettle and tea making facitlities sitting alongside open containers of acids. Apparently, the woman who worked in this place…
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Oxfordshire in autumn

Oxfordshire in autumn

landscape, photography
An autumn walk in Oxfordshire. The trees have not yet reached their colourful peak of golds and reds. The weather can be very changeable, with dull greys skies suddenly turning blue. The rainbow picture shows a rapidly moving heavy shower crossing across a clear sky. Within minutes it had come and gone. The top-right picture is a very grainy image of a deer feeding in a field of tall grass. It had seen me and stood motionless for several minutes as we watched each other silently. As with almost all the photographs in this blog, they were taken on mobile phones. While I'm often amazed at the sheer quality of modern smartphone cameras, their limitations do show in subjects like the deer picture, which I could only get by using…
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Colourful creatures

Colourful creatures

art, drawing
  More coloured sketchbook pencil and ink drawings. Some are a bit more literally-representative than others, but each was done with a slightly different outcome in mind. At some level I wanted to render the images with a sense of realism in terms of the play of light, shadow and texture but at another level I was concerned with their aesthetic portrayal as symbols or icons. For instance, with the seahorse, I wanted it to look like a seahorse, but I wanted the scale of it to be ambiguous and so I imagined what a seahorse would be like if it had an armoured hide in the manner of a rhinoceros. With the octopus, I wanted to convey its ability to contort itself into knots, and with the weird robot-fish…
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Autumn fungi

Autumn fungi

photography
Fungi are amazing organisms. This small collection were all photographed within the same week but across four different locations. The inkcaps (3rd and 4th, top row) were found growing out of a mix of hard gravel and stones between a concrete wall and a paved footpath. The bracket fungi were all on the same rotting tree stump. The large parasols, about 10cm across, (1st and 2nd, top row) were in a garden. I think that the cluster of fungi shown in the bottom row, last image, is honey fungus, but I'm not entirely sure.
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