In looking up the Latin name (Amanita muscaria) they are quite interesting, typically in a symbiotic relationship with pine and birch which tallies with where these were. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria - have hallucinogenic properties I see.
This is the new Potash/PolyhalidePolyhalite mine near Whitby (on horizon) some 18 miles away. Since it's quite high up, it's often surprising how you can see it from unexpected places, much like the Fylingdales early warning station a few miles to the south.
The tower thing is temporary and to do with constructing the shaft which will go down some 2000m, they are also already boring a tunnel at 250m below ground to contain a 23 miles long conveyor belt to Teesport where further processing will be done at the dock for exports. There's a smaller site halfway along with similar but smaller tower thing, they have started boring from there too and should meet halfway. It's expected to take about 2 years before production actually starts, but as yet there is no established market for the raw material - however it can be turned into valuable potash fertiliser and other products in demand worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodsmith_Mine
Further up the coast Boulby Mine has been working since the early 70s and expects to operate for at least another 20 years with tunneling at considerable depth extending far out under the sea. They produce Potash and Rock Salt which is used on roads up and down the country
Western Hemlock having a tough time of it in dense woodland near some land we used to have in Rosedale.
There was a significant area of it planted over there but they removed the majority early as it is disliked by millers due to tendency to form a fluted trunk with too much waste. However it freely seeds itself and is very shade tolerant - to the extent it's quite a pest. The tree itself is fast growing and rather elegant often having a slightly pendulous look to new growths, it looks lovely with snow on it.
Some of the fields we used to have for grazing have barely been touched for 20 years now and are reverting to heathery scrub - surprisingly one of the colonisers in places are these same conifers. It always was quite rough grazing but about 1982 this area was reseeded and limed and produced a great hay crop the first year.
The local ford this morning, pipes underneath are practically blocked but it's only about 6" over. It's difficult to do anything until it is lower, Scarborough Highways were informed and helpfully said they should respond within 90 days. Someone local will sort it out sooner than that and their cunning plan to ignore problems until they go away will work once again.
Yesterday Salmon or Sea Trout were swimming over the road it would have been a decent photo but didn't see one today.