Introduced Pinus radiata on the left, introduced spotted gum on the right. Regardless of the colonial invader nature of both in these parts, I felt much more wellbeing in the eucalypt side, a sense which always reminds me of our ability to absorb such information through our biggest organ, our skin.
Scarce wildlife on either side, but plenty of fungal activity in the sod and up the trunks ... this is just over the faultline and the Willunga Escarpment from my joint.
All these photos copyright Philip White, whether they're a tad soft of focus or not. I was just bashin em off.
Never ever eat any fungi before you have thoroughly researched them. Or learn from a group of forensic experts like the team I was fortunate to join on this memorable walk.
That's Professor David Catcheside looking on from left. He's a leader in fungal DNA studies. He made my brain spin, too.
Although I talked a lot, I have rarely had such a thorough, profoundly educative few hours ... more coming on this when I've had a real hard think about some of what I learnt.
Read the Catchesides' credentials by clicking on the links above. Remarkable people. Thanks to all, and to my good friend Stephen Forbes, who invited me.
To learn about fungi in Australia trust Fungimap.
STOP PRESS: Pam (centre, above) has just distributed the list below of the fungi she identified in those few short hours with her crew. the Mushroom MI5 and 6 of our secret fungi forces ... they're scary
These photographs and forest ones below by Leo Davis.
Pam with Stephen Forbes and a lurker
ADELAIDE FUNGAL STUDIES GROUP FORAY
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE, 2016, KUITPO FOREST
Cortinarius sp. pale yellow
Hebeloma sp. medium sized, whitish cap
Lepiota sp. medium, white cap, brown disc
Mycena sp. small, cream
Mycena sp. medium, grey
Austropaxillus infundibuliformis – gilled bolete
Boletus sp. large, yellow, not discolouring
Rhizopogon rubescens – truffle bolete
Russulaceous truffle white
Below: part of the collection of papier mache fungi and fruit in the Museum of Economic Botany in the Botanic Gardens of South Australia
Like many others, I can't help thinking of what some rekindled fungal activity would do should it have the chance to bring some springy life back into tired old dirt like this stuff getting a tease of a drink in the Southern Flinders ... lots to do ... understorey to start ...