Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nutclough Wood 28-11-13

Michael and I had a pleasant walk around the lower part of Nutclough and found a few common species that were not submerged underneath the leaf litter. 

Stump Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme) – Michael’s photo above and below.

Angels Bonnet (Mycena arcangeliana). 


Cheilocystidia clavate with slender, cylindrical, bristle like protrusions. My photo above and below.


Beechleaf Bonnet (Mycena capillaris) – Michael’s photos above and below. 

Black Milking Bonnet (Mycena galopus var. nigra).

2013-11-29T10:14:00+00:00November 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Dr. Paul Ruffle 1951 – 2013

Paul, our President, died in hospital last Thursday. It is a great sadness to the Society that we have lost him as a friend and active member. He was kindly creating our new website  and the home page can be viewed at www.halifaxscisoc.org. Only the tab that brings you to this blog had been finished before Paul was taken ill.

You can read about Paul’s career as a graphic designer, web designer and astronomer at www.paulruffle.com

I pass on the Society’s condolences to his family, Rose, Lara and Andrew.

Rose’s news of Paul’s death is below :

I think most of you know by now that Paul died peacefully yesterday (Thursday) morning at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. He was cared for wonderfully at the hospital - both ICU and Ward 15 nurses became very fond of him. 
Paul left a clear note of his wishes:
"I wish to be cremated, and as a committed atheist I do not want ANY sort of religious service! If you can avoid the typical crematorium chapel, all the better!"
He went on to say that he'd like us all (or whoever feels able) to take turns talking about his life and what he has achieved, including telling at least a few of his worst jokes. This should be followed by a "thumping good party with plenty of good food and wine".

2013-11-28T15:36:00+00:00November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Broadhead Clough 25-11-13


An intricate and colourful Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata). 

Crepidotus epibryus above and spores below on a dead grass stem.

Spores cylindrical/ellipsoid, smooth, 7-9 x 2.5-3 microns.

Bleeding Oak Crust (Stereum gausapatum) – above and below.

Spores elliptic, smooth, 7-9 x 3-4 microns.

Common Tarcrust (Diatrype stigma) above and spores below.

Pale brown spores. Slender, allatanoid. 2 guttulate. 7-11 x 1.2-2 microns.

Crepidotus cesatii – cap above and gills below.

 Spores subglobose, finely warty, 5-8.5 x 6-7.5 microns.

2013-11-27T15:41:00+00:00November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Cragg Vale 20-11-13

Peachysteve and I found some rubbery Exidia thuretiana on our walk through Cragg Vale with Basil and Lace. 

White Brain (Exidia thuretiana).

Peachysteve’s photos above and mine below.

 Spores allantoid, cylindrical, smooth containing granular contents 14-20 x 5-7 microns.

Hypobasidia oval, with 3-4 epibasidia up to 50 microns in length.

Hyphae 2-3 microns, septa with clamps. 

2013-11-27T13:22:00+00:00November 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Hardcastle Crags 19-11-13

I went to the Crags hoping to spot the Herald of Winter amongst the pines but yet again I didn’t find it – one day maybe! Instead I found my first Onygena corvina which was quite exciting, but at the time I wasn’t sure what it was and I thought it may be a Cordyceps species, so I asked Chris Yeates who identified it for me. It is a keratin-decomposing fungus that digests the fur and feathers contained in the droppings of vertebrate animals and I can tell you that this scat smelled absolutely awful.
Feather Stalkball (Onygena corvina) – in situ above and taken later at home below. Thank you Chris for the identification.

Conifer Conecap (Baeospora myosura) above and below.

Common Rustgill (Gymnopilus penetrans).

Chaetosphaerella phaeostroma – above and spores below.

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

2013-11-22T15:14:00+00:00November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

“The Moor” – Halifax 19-11-13

Michael found this dessicated specimen of Tremella foliacea on Fagus sylvatica, he took it home and rehydrated it in rainwater for an hour and just look how beautifully it has rejuvenated – well spotted Michael!

Leafy Brain (Tremella foliacea) – dessicated above and rehydrated below.

2013-11-21T21:45:00+00:00November 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Paul Ruffle Astronomer

I emailed Rose today to enquire if there had been any improvement in our President Paul Ruffle's condition, and got this very sad news - 


Thanks Steve.
Paul won't recover - he has significant brain damage which, with absolutely no change in consciousness in 2 weeks, clinically confirms that even if he woke up which is extremely unlikely, he could never recover.
So there will be no medical intervention now, and we can only hope that he dies peacefully.
Rose
2013-11-20T17:26:00+00:00November 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Cunnery Wood 18-11-13

It is only quite a small wood but it yields plenty of fungi.

Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon).

Crimped Gill (Plicatura crispa) – above and below.

Crystal Brain (Exidia nucleata). 

Crepidotus cesatii.

Cheilocystidia branched with outgrowths.

Spores subspherical, warty, 7-8.5 x 5-6.5 microns.

Nettle Rash (Leptosphaeria acuta).

Common Bonnet (Mycena galericulata).

Lemon Disco (Bisporella citrina).

Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae). 

Spectacular Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius).

Spores almond shaped, rough, 8.5-10 x 5-6 microns.

Bleeding Broadleaf Crust (Stereum rugosum).

Spores 7-9 x 2-3 microns.

Split Porecrust (Schizopora paradoxa).

Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides).

Glistening Inkcap (Coprinellus micaceus).

Wrinkled Crust (Phlebia radiata).

Olive Oysterling (Sarcomyxa serotina) – above and below.

Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa).
2013-11-20T10:22:00+00:00November 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Our new website – courtesy of Paul Ruffle

You can see our new website at www.halifaxscisoc.org. Just the home page is finished, and very smart it looks. There is one tab working, the one to bring you to this blog.

The terribly sad news is that Paul, our President, who has been kindly building us the website has had a cardiac arrest during an operation. You may remember that he had a perforated bowel in October, just the day before he was due to fly to Borneo with his partner, Rose.

He was recovering from that when he had another perforation of the bowel which needed emergency surgery.
It was during this operation that his heart stopped. Rose says they started it again pretty quickly, but he may have suffered significant brain damage. He is now in a coma.

I have emailed Rose back and said that all our thoughts are with them.

You can see Paul’s own website by searching “Paul Ruffle – Astronomer – Starry starry night”.

Paul had brought us one amazing talk and visual presentation entitled “The Birth, Life and Death of Stars”, after which we asked him if he would like to be our president, which he immediately accepted. He had planned to bring us another one on the “Physics and Chemistry of the Matter between the Stars” this May, but obviously we don’t expect him to be able to do this now.

2013-11-18T19:13:00+00:00November 18th, 2013|0 Comments
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