Photographing fungi provides  opportunities to practice skills. Light levels are often low and use of a tripod is usually needed. A photographer must work to get good images.
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Fungi and decay.

Angels Bonnets.
In late February damp dead branches on woodland floors often have Elf Cups attached The intense red cups often missed.
Extremely poisonous and aptly named , Amanita virosa (Destroying Angel) is a rare fungus in N.Ireland
Much photographed Fly Agarics (Amanita muscaria) can be found under Birches.
Most poisonous of all fungi (Amanita phalloides) The ‘Death Cap’is found sparingly in Loughry Estate on limestone.
Sessile Earthstar (Geastrum sessile) is rare in N.I. but grows in woods at Loughry
Well named ‘The Prince’.
The beautiful Agaricus augustus is also good to eat.
The flesh of Amanita rubescens (The Blusher) goes pink-brown on cutting or bruising.
Common puffballs,when freshly emerged are good to eat.
Mycenae fungi have caps like little bonnets
Alueria aurentia,a fungus with spectacular orange cups
The elegant Tawny Grisette (Amanita fulva) is fairly common.
The caps of  Laccaria amethystina are at first a beautiful deep purple but lighten in colour as the caps age.
From a slide taken many years ago. The rare Slime Cap (Limacella guttata) is found occasionally in Loughry woods. Geoffrey Kibby,renowned mushroom expert used the photo in ‘The Mycologist’ magazine-he had seldom seen the fungus.
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                                                                        In Springhill,Moneymore,an old stump with a collar of                                                                           Sulphur tuft fungi,just invited to be photographed.
Wander around the gardens and old buildings at Lissan House and sense a place frozen in time, full of ghosts and decay. It is easy to imagine sounds and activities of a time long past. Horse-drawn carts rumbling into the yard carrying hay or corn or sacks of potatoes, a horsedrawn carriage pulling up in front of the house? the echoes of time are still there, hidden from us, in some other dimension. The paddle-wheel at one time (around 1900 and until about 1990) generated electricity for Lissan House. Water flowing over submerged paddles turned a generator.
The Gardener’s House
Old cart.
Old doorway in ‘The Sperrins. Count the coats of paint, imagine the hands  applying each layer of paint.
Water powered paddlewheel
              An old cottage on Lissan estate shows the ravages of time
House near Slate Quarry, Pomeroy-across the road from the ruins of the corn mill