Deepsyke forest

A mile and a half outside West Linton is Deepsyke. It’s popular with dog walkers, many of whom seem to reckon that because it’s a wooded area, they don’t have to remove the dog craps. Please folks, be considerate to others and bag it and bin it!

If you’re there in autumn and go off the path into the trees, there is a proliferation of fungi on the ground. Very common are these Amanita muscaria (fly agaric). With its bright red hue and distinctive white spots, the fly agaric looks like the quintessential toadstool of children’s fairytales. It is, however, poisonous – though eating one is more likely to make you feel sick or delirious than kill you.

These were photographed with a little Fuji compact, hand-held in available light.

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