Fungi Forage 12-14 May 2017
West Coast Field Trip with Jane
Trip report by Barry
Over 3 days, 18 lucky people enjoyed fine weather, good company and photo opportunities special to the Coast. Fungi foraging was the name of the game, also the opportunity to take sunrise, sunset and other shots at Lake Brunner, Motukiekie Rocks and other locations and, not forgetting, enjoying the ambience of the Coast.
Friday had some cloud cover and offered reasonable sunset photo opportunity at Carew Bay and Iveagh Bay opposite. Saturday had little cloud but was ok for fungi photo’s at Wood Creek and after a coffee stop at Ali’s cafe, onto Coal Creek followed by a trip north to Motukiekie Rocks for sunset photos. Sunset was not overly spectacular but the interesting rock formations exposed at low tide was worth seeing. Sunday with more pronounced cloud cover provided good photography conditions at the Arnold Loop.
Although the fungi were perhaps not as plentiful as some previous visits, we found sufficient variety worthy spending time on. Wood Creek, Coal Creek and the Arnold Loop offer a range of growing conditions and the fungi foragers found plenty of interest here. Motukiekie Rocks and the beach at the 12 Mile is a favourite spot for sunsets and if low tide conditions permit, starfish are visible but care is required with the change to the incoming tide.
After an interesting Saturday we convened at Jane’s for a superb potluck dinner, good conversation and cheer. After a part day at Arnold Loop, we left for home mid-afternoon. An enjoyable and successful weekend, accommodation was shared between Jane & Dales place and two houses nearby.
Our thanks to Jane and Dale for their hospitality and to Jane for organising and leading the group.