We are nearing the end of the summer. The summer is giving us some surprises with good weather and high temperatures but fall is undoubtedly on the doorsteps. The signs of summer like butterflies and flowers are clearly on decline and the smell of fall is in the air. Normally we should see plenty of mushrooms in the beginning of summer but because of the draught they are in little numbers.
Yesterday, September 7, we visited a small forest near Haarlem called Elswout. It was a dull day with an overcast sky. An ideal situation to photograph details and macro. We searched the forest for mushrooms but found few. Luckily we found the Ramaria Fagetorum, belonging to the coral fungi group. The English name is unknown to me. This fungus is on the red list of endangered species and can only be seen in the neighborhood of birch trees which are plenty in this forest. Apart from this fungus we found many species of bracket fungus like the Sulphur Shelf.
We have to wait a little longer to see an explosion in mushroom quantities. With a little rain and with remaining high temperatures this will surely happen in the next two weeks.