We were just wandering around wondering if we'd see any Jays (we did but they were too elusive to photograph!) and I'd swapped my lens over to take some landscapey shots like the one above, when I said to Chief: "It's fungus/mushroom time of year. We may not see any birds, but maybe we'll see some fun fungus to photograph," when Chief said: "Ummm you're going to want to put your macro lens on and come and see what I've found."
Fly Agaric (or fairy toadstools to you and me!) every where!
Neither of us are great fungus experts. Although we found plenty of different kinds to photograph. Including one that looked like a bottom.
The next day we headed off to Bernwood Forest and whilst Chief was still hoping to photograph a Jay and we did hear and see them, like Shotover the day before, they were too elusive. I'd just commented on how there was not much fungus like at Shotover, when I spotted some and then lots.
I am not that steady handed with my macro lens and especially in poor light levels. Unlike Chief I was not prepared to lie in the mud as I had the expensive outdoor coat on he bought me for my birthday and I really didn't want to get it all muddy and snagged. But I was happy with the shots I did get.