Saturday, 12 December 2009

Arrowe Park in the mist

On Saturday morning Jo dropped me off at Arrowe Park on her way into work and I had a delightful walk in the early morning mist and sunshine.


There were quite a few fungi around including this Candle Snuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon).

I’m not sure what this one is – there are a few similar species.

This may be Bisporella citrina but it can really only be identified for certain by microscopically analysing its spores.

Dead wood and old trunks are excellent places to seek fungi

In the park one comes across occasional reminders of when this was a large and well-cared for country estate – like this now defunct gatepost.

A maple leaf standing out among the oak and beech leaves.


Gradually the mist dispersed.

But the frost stayed on the ground for a little while longer.

For an hour or so we had clear blue skies.  It was a most enjoyable stroll.


  1. What an interesting post. Arrowe Park sounds like a most interesting place. I've never heard of "candle snuff" fungus before. But it really does look like candle wax dripping down, doesn't it? As always, when I check out your posts, I've learned something new. Thanks!
    Canadian Chickadee

  2. Hi John
    Lovely Autumn/Winter scenes. I envy your patience on a cold looking morning. Hope you dressed up warm

  3. The maple leaves almost look like they are floating off the ground. Nice pics.

  4. Some great pictures here John, thank you.

  5. I have enjoyed my trip into the park, from the comfort of my fireside.!!
    Thanks for the lovely photo's, I hope you didn't get too chilled roaming in the mist.

    Love Granny

  6. I originally visited your blog when I Googled looking for the derivation of "Grow'd like Topsy". The answer found on your blog was so good that I saved the URL and, today, wanting to find the derivation of "Great minds run in the same channel, all" I rung up your site again.

    My son is stationed not too terribly far from you at Lakenheath AFB. We're American from the wonderful "deep South" culture of Alabama.

    I have vistied England 5 times and I am admittedly a bit of an Anglophile.

    Here's to you!

    BTW, I have a rare neurological disorder also - CIDP (1994 diagnosis). And I have recovered and continue to do well with meds. management: prednizone, which suppresses my auto-immune system, which creates a problem of demylenation of the nerves.

    Yes, I'll have a cup of tea, thanks.


  7. Welcome Dottie. Glad the prednizone works for you.

    Do you take sugar?

    P.S. Great minds think alike can be found on my word blog as of today!!!

  8. yes, or honey, if you have it.

    Of all your pictures posted yesterday, I propose "and finally the mist lifted" for the your own Excellence award.

  9. Enjoyed your misty wet pictures. I've never seen or heard of "candle snuff fungi" before!

  10. Oops, mis-identified the picture I intended to recommend for award - actually I like "the frost stayed on the ground a little longer" Very, very, nice.

    Hope you are feeling good today....glad to hear that you will not need a surgery.


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