Fungus

Admit it, the first thing you think of when autumn comes around is the colours of the trees as they slowly draw the valuable resources back from their leaves prior to shedding them for the winter.

There’s more to autumn than showy displays of carotenoids and xanthophylls. For one thing, it’s the season when my dog goes barmy chasing squirrels and other wildlife preparing for the cold season ahead.

It’s also the time of year when many species of fungus throw up their fruiting bodies. Toadstools and mushrooms come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes and are a very rewarding study for anyone interested in the workings of nature.

Here are a few that I spotted on a recent walk around Marbury Park in Cheshire. I liked the textures of the fungi themselves, as well as the bark of the trees and the carpet of fallen leaves. Black and white is a traditional way of emphasising texture by eliminate the distraction of colour from the image.