The early promise of late summer's flush of fungi seems to have waned a little, but there are still good things to find as a walk around Park Gate (part of Lyminge Forest) showed.
I've been watching this Beefsteak Fungus growing over the past few months (it beats watching paint dry) and it's now about 18" across. If it were edible, of course, it would not have grown to that size. [Late news - it's actually inonotus hispidus - thanks Fred]
The Common Earthball was given to us to show just how ugly something can be. As in "You've got a face like a Common Earthball". Well, it makes a change from "squished tomato".
When ripe it explodes, showing its glutinous tar-like interior, which I can report still smells of fungus, unsurprisingly.
Ah, that's better. A tasty Parasol Mushroom, found on the golf course. I know it was tasty, as I had it for lunch.
You'll be pleased to know that I've managed to source a replacement camera from eBay for rather less than the cost of repairing the old one (so much for recycling) so hopefully the usual blurred shots of distant birds will soon reappear.
For the record, the easterly wind brought a good number of birds to the rifle range (as well as all-day cloud) including a black redstart, a reed bunting, a stonechat, a constant stream of herring gulls flying south, plenty of goldcrests and a raven. No comparison to the list provided by the redoubtable Phil Milton on Planet Thanet today, though.