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Images of the forest Red September


The prevailing colours in the Caledonian Forest change with the seasons, and the purple hues of blossoming heather in August give way to the bright red of ripening berries and fruiting fungi in September.


Scarlet leaves on bilberries under a Scots Pine

The leaves of blaeberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) turn red or yellow in September, before being shed for the winter.

 
 
 

Cowberry berries, leaves and flowers

Cowberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are evergreen, and their berries ripen to bright red in September, while a few late flowers will bloom even in October.

 
 
 

Rowan berries

September is the month when the berries of the rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia) turn bright red, attracting birds which eat them and disperse their seeds.

Fly agaric

In good years for fungi, fly agarics (Amanita muscaria) are abundant under birch trees, which they grow in mycorrhizal association with.

 
 
 

Sickener fungus

This bright red-capped fungus (Russula emetica), known as the sickener, is also common in the forest in September.

 
 
 

Closeup of red sphagnum moss

Red bog-moss (Sphagnum capillifolium) is red throughout the year, but its colour is often more intense in wet months like September, when there can be a lot of rain.

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