|and on October 8th 2007 we went back to Madeira
to check out the Autumn fungi (though my wife thinks we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary!
This time I did find some of the gilled fungi but curiously mostly at the higher altitudes, in fact if
I had the time to plot the relationship I'm sure the numbers of fungi appear to grow exponentially
with altitude irrespective of habitat. On the higher western plains at ca 5000 ft were many edible agaricus
(field mushrooms and their variants). Moist forests at this altitude had carpets of thousands of fungi
of many different species. Not common at all were the amanitas. Due to camera problems I only have a few pictures of fungi
from the laurel forest of Sera D'Agua which are in this slideshow togeher with some gratuitous
pics of lichens.