If you go Down to the Woods Today

Posted on 02/12/2020 By

If you go Down to the Woods Today: Bertie sat high in a leafless tree.

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise!
If you go down to the woods today
You really don’t need a disguise,
For I’m the only bear that ever there was
Whose hiding here from Bobby because

I forgot the picnic.


“But look what I found! A Magic Mushroom.”

Magpie Inkcap.

Magpie Inkcap.

Bobby: “Not magic, Bertie. But magical. Unusual. Had no idea what they were and had to ask on a plant Facebook group. MAGPIE INKCAP was their educated advice. An unusual fungi that is rarely seen in groups. If at all. A bit like it’s namesake, being something to ‘crow’ about if you manage to photograph more than one in one frame. Thus making it a ‘Parliament’ of Magpies.”

The Bird

One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy.

A solitary Magpie on the ground.

A solitary Magpie.

Magpies pair for life. One on its own could mean anything given human emotions. Even bad breath. And normally that is how you see them.

Unlike the bird, the Magpie Inkcap has a very short life. Just one day, maybe, as encapsulated in the group picture. The egg shape, to conical, to glorious bell shape to disintegration. All in one day.

A “Parliament” of Magpie Inkcaps in varying stages of development.

A “Parliament” of Magpie Inkcaps.

For more information see: www.first-nature.com/fungi/coprinopsis-picacea.php.

Site where a number of Magpie Inkcaps had been just four days ago.

Four days later the Parliament had been dissolved.

A collection of fungi resembling Jellyfish on dry land.

Fungi can be quite beautiful. This picture was taken in Sussex by a natural history friend.

These are the woods of RHS Wisley Gardens. Many people who have been members for years are going far more often in these restricted times. Exploring the less visited parts of the garden. The Mushrooms were hidden away on Battleston Hill and would be hard to find even if they were still there. But do explore the woods. There are some fascinating trees and shrubs there. Even Camellias and Daphne in flower.

The Trees

A tree with what looks like a sad face marked in its bark.

Cheer up!

Bertie sat against a gnarly old Katsura tree.

Information on the Katsura Tree.

Bertie at the bottom of a tree, with the tree towering above him.

Nameplate for the Pinus Sylvestris Tree.

Bertie at the base of a Dawn Redwood Tree.

Information board on the Dawn Redwood Tree.

Bertie in the tree branches.

Bertie at the base of a tree.

Name board for Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

Bertie sat in the branches of an Olive tree.

Olive tree.

Bertie in the branches of a Eucalyptus tree.

Eucalyptus tree.

Bertie up a Gum tree.

Up a Gum tree.

Information on the Gum Tree (Eucalyptus).

Eucalyptus Tree.

Information on the Giant Redwood.

Winter is a wonderful time in a woodland garden. Suddenly the deciduous trees are naked, showing their wonderful forms. Particularly late afternoon against the sinking sun. Some still with leaves to drop.

Trees silhouetted in the sunset.

Trees silhouetted in the sunset.

Trees silhouetted in the sunset.

Did you know

In Henry the Eighth’s time, a squirrel could get from Kings Cross to Edinburgh without touching the ground. A red squirrel of course.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley in the Woods

Bertie at the base of a tree with a candle lit for Diddley.


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