Over the last couple of days I’ve been going into the forest mushroom picking. This is the first year I’ve seen so many high-end mushrooms. It’s all due to the alternating rain storms and scorching ht days. The forest is damp and muddy, with small streams flowing where none have been for years.
Ordinarily we wait for autumn for mushrooms but this year my basket is filled with Boletus edulis, Boletus reticulatus and, from the meadows, Agaricus campestris.
Croatia is outside the Carpathian range but being the closest warm coastal region it’s a regular destination for my family. The contrast between the green of our area with the rock, sea and scrub of the Adriatic is a very therapeutic annual break for us.
These two young red deer stags were literally a few feet from us for about 5 minutes. Even though we had our Jack Russell with us, they didn’t notice us because the wind was blowing so strongly. Unfortunately, the wind and the low light because it was evening meant that the picture was poor quality
This is why I love the forest just up the hill at the back of my house. It’s another world entirely. So alive.
Ladybird (ladybug) and ants on a thistle beside an abandoned road. Eastern Slovakia.