Colourful Hygrocybes, the jewels of autumn meadows.These are commonly called the waxcaps, a grassland species in the UK. Some are getting rarer due to loss of meadows and intensive farming practises ,like over-use of fertiliser.
Still they can be found in garden lawns, commons or graveyards. If the ground is undisturbed, you may find the rarer species like the pink (H. calptriformis- like a dancing ballerina) or the crimson waxcap (H.punicea),these are the top 2 in the left hand corner of the painting. There is even a green one called the parrot waxcap, a white one called the snowy waxcap and one that turns black, the blackening waxcap (bottom left).
I recently went back to the site where I found the rare pink waxcaps and found that it has had houses built on it which was sad for me.
This is a rework of earlier paintings and sketches and will be the last fungi one I do for a while.
and so for now have a Merry Christmas everyone
-Nadolig llawen -