Today, 23 October 2011, is the autumnal equinox. It is one of the two occasions in the year when day and night are approximately the same length, in fact the word equinox is derived from the latin for equal night. It is the tipping point after which day begins to lose its domination over the night as the north pole begins to lean backwards away from the sun. The actual moment that the earth was parallel to its orbit around the sun was at 10.04 BST so the moment has officially past, yep we missed it.
Autumn is mushroom season, this is due to warm soil and wet weather, perfect fungi conditions. This picture shows a section of fairy ring growing on the tennis court lawn. Apparently over 60 species grow in this way and they can be either extremely beneficial to the lawn or extremely detrimental. Let’s hope it is the former. This is not the only fungus that grows on the lawn and I’m afraid I can’t identify any of them. I’m sure our fungus expert, Alex, can enlighten us.