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When I saw this group of mushrooms, growing on a detached dead tree trunk lying on the ground, I knew the species was not one I had seen before. Everything about the macroscopic features indicated that it was an Ascomycete, probably in the False Morrel group. However, it is a gill fungus (Basidiomycete) with a distinctive, raised feature on the cap. When I found out what it was I checked in the books. The cap is described as being “wrinkled”. As my images of the immature fruiting bodies shows, this network is semi-detached and becomes tight-fitting as the caps grow larger.

These were shot with my Kiron 105mm macro 1:1 on my E-P2, lit by manual, diffused flash (OM T32). The first ones were shot at moderate ISO, the later ones at low ISO. Hand-held or camera on bean bag.

The stereo pair does not give the depth I was hoping for but it separates the subjects of interest from the background. [Edit] On futher viewing, this is one of the stereo pairs which works better when viewed from close to the screen. (Most cross-eye pairs work best from a little further back than normal viewing distance). [Edit ends]

Harold





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In setting, trying to be a Rembrandt





© Harold Gough 2013


A closer look





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Caps from above





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More mature (same mushrooms, 3 days later)







Even more immature, cross-eye, stereo



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Oct 16, 2013 at 09:14 AM
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interesting,what is the resinous looking fluid?


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michael kilner wrote:
interesting,what is the resinous looking fluid?


Although no indication of injury was evident, this seems to be much the same as e.g. on some trees. For mushrooms see (halfway down the page):

http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/identifying-mushrooms.html

In habitat it looks much like the tree equivalent, semi-solid, glass-like, not flowing.

In spite of this being a diagnostic character for some species, I have checked descriptions in several of my mushroom books and not one mentions it for this species.

[Edit] I have just found this, which has some interesting facts:

http://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/gilled%20fungi/species%20pages/Rhodotus%20palmatus.htm

[Edit ends]

Harold



Oct 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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Hi , i like the 1st one but i would crop a little from the top, i wonder if it was possible Not use the flash and blur more the BG.Andrei.


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andreloo wrote:
Hi , i like the 1st one but i would crop a little from the top, i wonder if it was possible Not use the flash and blur more the BG.Andrei.


Thanks, Andrei.

I took some daylight shots but they were not sharp enough.

The composition is not what I would normally post but is in response to current discussion about creativity.

Harold



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A bit over exposure but very nice captures.


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Jonathan Huynh wrote:
A bit over exposure but very nice captures.

Thanks. In fact they were underexposed but in PP I wanted to bring out the glow in the network by a combination of brightness and contrast. There is a touch of highlight burnout in the last one.

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I'm not mad on the processing but I do like these shots, especially the first one. I particularly like the before/after element.


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12monkeys wrote:
I'm not mad on the processing but I do like these shots, especially the first one. I particularly like the before/after element.


Thanks. Just as a reference point, I have reprocessed an image similar to the first image using only Auto Contrast in PS and Focus in Topaz, with no cropping. I have also done the same with the first image, adding some brightnees too in this case.

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Nice mushrooms, great catch!


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rocco61 wrote:
Nice mushrooms, great catch!


Thanks. Not only a one-off, in around 50 years of hunting them, but one of the most photogenic and morphologically different. Not edible, though!

Harold



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Perhaps my favourite fungus to photograph and quite common in my patch in the more ancient woodlands with dead elms. Also known as Wrinkled Peach, nearly all the ones I've seen have had the liquid oozing out, though not as much as seen in your shots. I wonder if it's weather dependant.
I've not seen any this year yet, so thanks for the great shots. I shall have to visit Hampton Wood (Warwickshire Wildlife Trust SSSI) my favourite spot for these and see if there any are about.
Brian



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Fizzog wrote:
Perhaps my favourite fungus to photograph and quite common in my patch in the more ancient woodlands with dead elms. Also known as Wrinkled Peach, nearly all the ones I've seen have had the liquid oozing out, though not as much as seen in your shots. I wonder if it's weather dependant.
I've not seen any this year yet, so thanks for the great shots. I shall have to visit Hampton Wood (Warwickshire Wildlife Trust SSSI) my favourite spot for these and see if there any are about.


Thanks, Brian.

Yes, Wrinkled Peach! I'm not too keen on the common names allocated in recent years but I can see that they may help some people. In this case, I think "wrinkled", in the name and description, is misleading, as the structure is, initially, clearly separate from the cap and subsequently fuses with it.

This is one of the best mushroom seasons for years in the south of England,

Take a look at my fairies!

Harold



Oct 21, 2013 at 09:32 AM
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I forgot to mention the name of the location: Gallowstree Common (Oxfordshire).

Harold



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