The weather held, in spite of the forecast for rain, and taking advantage of this mini drought we again headed off on a trail. This one was all flat and through LOTR country. When we got bored with looking for characters out of the movie we started noticing the vast array of mosses and fungi that inhabited this rather unusual landscape. The pictures tell the rest of this story.

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It was LOTR country: The Waiau River, AKA Anduin River
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Tree moss
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Progressive tree moss
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Bog moss – multiple options
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Carnivorous moss (yes it eats little bugs – including pesky sandflies)
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Moss as far as the eye can see
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Fraggle Rock moss
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Moss & strange looking fungi
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A trifecta: fungi – moss – beech seedlings
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Common old tree hugging fungi
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These little fellows were very hard to spot
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More helmet type fungi
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No they were not potato crisps that I had dropped but wafer thin fungi
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black fungi
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A toadstool
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I give up trying to put names to all of these
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Colourful fungi
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Well the moss is in the background but the fantail did offer an unusually long pose

 

 

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