Last week we had a few days of unusually humid, misty weather. It was a novelty to go for my early morning walk and not be able to see the trees on the other side of the park. It was like being in a private world that ends with a horizon only 400 metres away.
And it seemed the place was blooming with fungi ... more like autumn than the middle of a hot Bay of Plenty summer.
I tried to train Shelly to seek them out like those French pigs after truffles but she was much more interested in other dogs' letterboxes...
"Look, sniff these Shelly. Now, find! Find! Hey, there's none over there!"
Neither of these types look edible.
And you find these in rings around picnic rugs. They are inedible too.
We spotted a pukeko (swamp hen) picking its way through the grass. Shelly finds them hard to resist chasing.
The summer sun was just beginning to burn the mist off when we began our walk back.
NB Click on the images. For some reason all these photos look rather plain, but if you click on them to enlarge them, they look great! I think it's because of the lower contrast than those I usually post.
PS. I'm working on them opening in a new window. In the meantime, sorry it navigates you away from my post!