|L to R: Susan and Gary Winters, Lynda & Larry Bennett, Arendje and Allan Whidden|
This time, however, rather than focusing on the birds and the trees as much as we did last week, I paid more attention to the patterns in the undergrowth.
We had noticed a few mushrooms the first time around, but since the recent rain we've been having even more have popped up:
According to the Encyclopedia of New Zealand:
" Mushrooms are the spore-producing structures of some fungi. A mushroom consists of a stalk and a cap, and in most species the spores are formed on gills. When ripe, the spores fall downwards and are carried away from the mushroom on air currents. A spore that lands on a moist surface with nutrients can form a new fungal colony, but must mate with another colony of the same species before a new mushroom can be produced."