Thursday 3rd October 2013
Heavy rain was forecast this morning, although when I left home it was only light. I didn’t expect Jez to come with us since she doesn’t do rain, but she decided she wanted to come, so we all set off to Upton Country Park to take advantage of the tree cover there. It wasn’t really raining enough to bother us, so in the Woodland Walk I stopped to get a better shot (hopefully) of those lovely little parasol-type fungi (I had taken the DLSR with me for the purpose). The light was so poor though I really struggled. This was the best I could do, titled ‘X marks the spot’.
A little further on near the big pond I found these growing on another pile of wood chippings. My best guess is that they are wood mushrooms.
We walked on and wandered around the new little wood near Hamworthy, where I saw a few fungi, but by this time it was so dark it was almost like nighttime. I hadn’t taken the flash with me as I don’t like using a flash to photograph fungi, so I couldn’t get any decent shots of the few I found.
As we emerged from the wood and walked along the back path of the Country Park the rain started to become more persistent. Fortunately we were still under at least some cover.
When we got to the stream though it started to get much heavier. Jez was not happy.
Although the shortest route back to the car would have been to continue on the way we were walking, we were about to turn along the path next to Holes Bay and there is virtually no cover that way, so I decided to turn back. I don’t think it would have mattered whichever way I went. Tree cover or not I got drenched. The rain came on really heavy (more like a short cloudburst) and we couldn’t escape it, although Jez tried by diving under every tree and bush she could find. By the time I got back to the car my jeans were sodden and clinging to my legs. At least I’d had the foresight to take a camera bag with me though!