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My wife and I are quite keen mushroom hunters (and eaters, where approriate) and have been for decades. We still get surprises as I did when I removed the lid of one of our plastic garden compost bins.

What I saw looked like very stunted* Shaggy Inkcap or Lawyer's Wig Coprinus comatus. However, they are probably C. narcotica, now in the genus Coprinopsis, together with many other former Coprinus spp:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Coprinopsis_species

C. narcotica was thought to live on vegetable compost containing some dung. As mine were on coarse garden grass clippings I had doubts. However, recent information (via Mike Harrison of Thames Valley Fungus Group) says they can be found on compost without dung.

Species identification is tricky but I think narcotica is OK.

The colony kept producing fruiting bodied (mushrooms) in a succession, giving me chances to shoot many stages. Even so, they can complete expansion and reach the soft, inky stage within a few hours.

* Up to 1.5cm high rather than up to 15cm.

I find these very beautiful and am posting two sets of images. They are in date/time order , not order of development. See if you can work out the latter. They were about 15cm down in the composter so getting the angle of view and two lights on the subject was challenging.

E-M1, Kiron 105mm f11 (f16 for across-cap shots), twin flash, hand-held.

Harold



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Jul 15, 2014 at 06:54 AM
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More of the same colony.

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Jul 15, 2014 at 07:01 AM
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A re-sequenced set is posted here:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1307417

Harold



Jul 19, 2014 at 06:53 AM





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