Friday, 30 December 2011

Fountains Abbey Pilgrimage - Fungi, Flowers, Ferns; Feathery and Furry Friends

(Click for more pictures of the people and the walk and scenery as given in  my next posting)

Forced march - Frolic - or - Fungus foray -

Foot it out with us in the Fresh air

Reflect on faith,  philosophy and  fantastic scenery

with  two and four footed furry friends.

2011 is the twenty fifth (ish) pilgrimage from Ripon to Fountains Abbey.

Four miles of mud, greenery, and friendship

to the Abbey, founded by Bendictine (later to become Cistercian) monks in 1132, and dissolved  in 1539.

Left: Leaving Ripon,

Right: Passing the ancient Small-Leaved Lime as we approach Studley

Below: Walking in the Studley Park grounds (no deer in sight)


 Passing Pholiota  squarrosa* Scaly-cap

More Pholiota  squarrosa* on the other side of the same three

Field Blewit - Lepista saeva* in the grass, amongst beech nut shells

Fungus on Sweet Chestnut tree

Young Velvet-Shank fungus (Flamulina velutipes*) on sweet chestnut tree
This can withstand frost and is edible
This is an Amanita -  poisonous, even if the slugs did not think so  - with fine white gills, ring and hidden in the beech leaves, a swollen base. This was found near the high western path.


Ivy-leaved Toadflax - still in flower on the walls of the Abbey

Hart's tongue fern

 Feathered Friends

The swans are unperturbed by all the crowds

As are the gulls

And Greylag Geese

 The Dogs enjoy the carol service from the outside of the Abbey

And make new friends

Hart's tongue fern
Dogs on and off the walk -
through the avenue of Sweet Chestnut Trees
The younger ones planted fifty years ago after the Big Storm which blew many of the old trees down in 1961

This dog at the footbridge as we returned to the entrance

Look how many breeds we have seen.


Farewell Fountains Abbey. Come with us again next year 2012!

Below: Video of Singing in the Cellarium


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