When it comes to Autumn, everyone looks up to the trees. But I encourage you to look down to the ground, as there are many amazing and ‘picture worthy’ fungi. The most iconic species, and my personal favourite, is the Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), home to myths and legends, fairies and magic, as well as an excellent food source for red squirrels and insects. Found in damp woodlands containing birch, pine or spruce, or on heathland and moors, this fungus has a distinctive red cap, sometimes with wart-like white spots, and a white stalk. While it is stunning, it is highly toxic to humans and dogs if ingested, so feel free to take as many pictures as you like, but don’t touch! Another common but interesting fungi species is the Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum). Roughly 5cm wide, they have a spherical white/cream body and tapered white stem. This species is edible, with a sponge like texture, but must be eaten while the flesh is still completely white. As always, do not pick or eat any fungi if you are unsure of the exact species. The really amazing part of this fungi is that it releases a smoke-like cloud of spores through a small hole at its top whenever it feels compressed; for example, when hit by raindrops or nudged by passing animals. Click to see a video of it in action!