September 2008: Gaasperplas

Another foray into the forest (this time the Gaasperplas) and a few other photos.

green mosquito

This one would have been better off in the forest, but elected to come inside. You can see how tiny it was by comparing to the text at the bottom of the photo. It flew like a mosquto, so I zapped it with my electric flyswatter.

green mosquito

Even in macro mode it's hard to ID this thing for sure, but the mouthparts look suspiciously straw-like. It actually recovered from its electrocution and was sent back outside without biting anyone. I can find no info on bright green mosquitos living in the Netherlands, but this could be a fellow immigrant too.

spider web

I really love mist on spider webs. This one was posed conveniently in my mint plant.


We took a brief walk to the Vondelpark, but it was FAR too packed with people for any chance at photographing mushrooms. I snapped this group of trees in a rare moment of quiet.

balcony farm

I've taken to describing my houseplant habit as balcony farming. Perhaps this picture illustrates why. There are a total of 18 plants on the balcony at this point, plus an additional 9 on the shady side of the house. In addition to my peppers and tomatillos, Eric has two pots of wheat growing (that's tarwe for the Dutch readers). We have no idea if wheat will produce in a pot, but right now it's fun to watch it grow.

thistle ladybug bee

My photograph of the ladybug was interrupted by a fly-by. This photo was entirely an accident. The photo below is how it's supposed to look.

thistle ladybug
wild strawberry

Looks like a strawberry, smells like a strawberry, tastes like an aspirin. The wild strawberries around here make you wonder how anyone came to try enough to find the sweet ones. Perhaps people ate all the patches of wild sweet ones, and only the really nasty ones survived.

tree berries

Red berries in a tree, almost certainly not edible.


The blackberries, though, are fine.

needle fly

This needle fly (libelle in het Nederlands) actually held quite still for photos.

needle fly


Classic LBJ.

white pink gills

A small white mushroom with pinkish-brown gills, sheltering under a leaf of ivy. I don't have any good guesses as to the genus.


More LBJs, this time growing on a very rotted stump.

white brown gills

A large specimen for this forest at about 5cm diameter.

moss on polypores

An attempt at an art shot: looking up the trunk of a rotting tree covered in polypores.


Yet Another Mycena, in all its nondescript tiny greyish glory.

phalloides sp

I was quite happy to find this diminutive fungus (note the size of the acorns in the background. This is a member of the family of stinkhorns, and is the first of the genus that I've found. The genus name is Phalloides, for understandable reasons. There's really just no way to look at one of these things and not be reminded of mammalian reproductive organs (the mushroom *is* the reproductive organ of the fungus, but the resemblence is likely coincidental). They are also very tricky to photograph, as the autofocus does not like the slippery dark surface of the cap. I ended up putting my finger next to it for focus, prompting Robbert to photograph the set-up (once he'd quit laughing enough to hold the camera still).

phalloides sp

phalloides sp
phalloides sp

It's all in your mind.

little gray striated

Tiny, gray, striated mushrooms in a cluster.

little white striated

Same story, only creamy white.

pink canthrellus

At first, with their stout stalks and ruffled margins, I thought these might be diminutive pink members of the chanterelle family.

pink canthrellus folds

But are these blade-like or fold-like? They seem somewhere in between to me. I still think this is likely a member of the genus Canthrellus but I'm not sure.

black eyed susan

The black eyed susans were still blooming.


There was a hint of autumn among the summery gold.

white purple stamen

The Gaasperpark has more than its fair share of exotic plants. I have no idea what this one is.


A group of swans decided to hang out with us for a bit. Robbert got much better photos of them, particularly this photo of the swans eating from the bottom of the lake.

flower over water

These flowers were growing on long vines near the water.


This is a bud of the same kind of flower, but easier to reach.

amanita muscaria

The showiest fungus of the day was this tiny Amanita muscaria button.

tiny yellow mushrooms

These little yellow mushrooms were growing on moss. The caps were about 3mm in diameter.

amanita button

A very young Amanita, probably also an A. muscaria but only showing its white universal veil, and not yet any of the bright colors underneath.


On our way out we passed this cluster of white Helvellas. I'm not sure of the species but they looked like large H. lacunosa, but white.

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