On the 31 st of October a group of Epzers met in the wilds of Essex with the intention of capturing the mood of the forest in autumn. Its fairly normal at a meeting like this for some folks to turn up early, but Chris and Edward seem to have been going for a record by arriving four hours early and an hour before the sun came up!
It should have been obvious that things were not going to go smoothly when the plan to meet inside the pub had to be changed to outside when it was realised that the pub didn’t open for another hour and a half. Eventually the group of nine ( Carabosse, FrancisR, Greyheron53, JimboT, Kit-Monster, Lobsterboy, Randomrubble, RoyBoy, VFR400 ) set off on the planned morning route to visit 2 ponds, an Iron Age hill fort and a picturesque little valley. Very few steps had been taken (in fact so few Mike hadn’t had a chance to fall over yet) before the first shot of "Ohh Fly Agaric" was followed by "there's an amethyst deceiver" and the tour ground to a halt.
As tripods were setup and photographers dived under trees and laid on the forest floor to get shots of unusual and rare fungi. Time slipped by as more and more unusual mushrooms were discovered, two and a half hours later and we had managed to travel no more than a 150 yards to the "lost Pond".
This delightful little pond in the middle of the forest was home to yet more fascinating fungi but that was obviously not enough for Chris (VRF400) as he decided the best thing to do would be to bring some of his own along with him on a log he had found earlier in the day! A large bracket fungus enticed Edward to go back to his mountaineering roots and he was soon climbing a tree to get a better shot, whilst Mike decided that he would be much better off shooting from ground level with a large reflector. At precisely this point hundreds of ramblers appeared from nowhere and surrounded the team, muttering amongst themselves "ohh they must be from the fungus society"– and in a way they were right.
Through out the day Carabosse was seen to remove his Sony P150 from its high-tech case and wave it randomly at the rest of the group – who knew he was filming a video of the day that can be seen here.
| Who needs a tripod when you can use one of these |
Chris gets up close and personal with a bracket fungus
Chris and Roy confuse cameras for paint guns.