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Fifty shades of brown, a soupçon of purple and a smattering of red – that about sums up my Friday fungi foray around Cefn On, one of my local Cardiff parks. A friend had posted a few finds from his walk there the previous day on the Glamorgan Fungi page on Facebook so it looked like a sure bet and, although I get the train up there, it’s a nice long walk back through Coed-y-Felin woods, around Llanishen Reservoir, through Nant Fawr woodland and alongside Roath Lake – about 7 miles all up but almost entirely through woods, parks and green places, so perfect!
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After the recent rains and with temperatures still warm during the day but dropping now overnight, Cefn On was alive with fungi and I got lots of photographs. Unfortunately, fungi are notoriously difficult to identify. What does it smell like? What colour are the spores? How big / small / wide / tall was it? Was it slimy or dry? Where was it growing? These are just a few of the questions you need to ask. I do try to work out what I have found but some things are only identifiable through microscopic analysis so, these days, I mostly just enjoy looking at them and admiring their multitude of shapes and forms and habits and colours.

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