After lunch , I had a quick look in at Keston Ponds , but it seemed that everyone else had the same idea . The ice cream seller had a ten strong queue when I arrived , and I think it was even longer when I left . I just had a look for the Manderin on the lower lake , which was fortunately quiet . I got a few shots before they retired to their corner under the overhanging trees . The colours on the males are incredible , and am posting another couple of shots .
Talking of the lack of fungi at the moment , I was thinking about the most unusual fungi that I have photographed . I think it has to be Clathrus archeri-Devil's fingers .
I was fortunate to get the opportunity to photograph this fungi in deepest Kent , about this time of year , three years ago . It is a native of Australia and New Zealand , but can be found in Southern Europe and the South East of England . The story I've heard is that it could have been transported here in timber packing cases from the Antipodies , when supplies were sent during the last war . Timber being in short supply , people used the broken down packing cases to make chicken coops and the like . The spores carried on the timber , entered the soil , and the Devil's Fingers are the result .