Fascinating fungi


Link Posted 01/01/2017 - 23:02
An unlikely bit of 'nature study' for this time of year!

I noticed some tiny specks on the edge of my bird table the other day and wondered if it was a clutch of insect eggs
The piece of timber here is 2inches x 1 inch, to give an idea of the scale

When I fetched the camera with an Industar 61/LZ macro lens I could see that they were not insect eggs but some sort of fungus

I ended up changing to my MacroTakumar, which is 1:1 to see quite what I had found

This is one of the tiniest puff ball fungi (maybe it's an earth ball?) imaginable! You can see where the tips are beginning to split on some of them
and the internal structure of the one that has burst entirely, shedding spores everywhere. The patterns on their skins are lovely too.

Proof was found on the other side of the bird table where there was a colony that was further advanced, with most of the fruiting bodies busily erupting.

This is a more normal sized one, for comparison, about 3inches across (and with a different skin pattern entirely).

Have a wonderful 2018 photographing all the things that float your boat !
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Last Edited by davidwozhere on 01/01/2017 - 23:03


Link Posted 01/01/2017 - 23:16
great series of photos!
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Link Posted 01/01/2017 - 23:19
Fungustic macros!


Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 00:06
Super pics, as always but 2018 is a long time away! Happy New Year
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Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 01:31
He's getting in early - it's only next year! Happy New Year!
John K


Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 04:41
Wonderful stuff fungi
C&C welcome.


Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 09:17
Extremely well noticed, David!
Just goes to show.... "the more you look, the more there is to see!"

Really good images, thanks for showing us.

The more I look, the more there is to see!


Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 09:59
Fascinating series, and well taken. Someone out there will be bale to identify them.

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Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 12:01
Great results with all that old glass! A real delve into a miniature world ..... Those artisan chocolate donuts in the last one look yummy
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Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 14:46
Loving the build up from normal lens to macro lens, very interesting review of something so 'normal'.


Link Posted 02/01/2017 - 22:34
Thank you for the nice comments and pleased that you enjoyed the fungus tour - pity I can't count, however
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Link Posted 05/01/2017 - 08:57
Keen observation and good photography, that's what this hobby is all about. Happy 2019.
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Link Posted 06/01/2017 - 21:51
swarf wrote:
Fascinating series, and well taken. Someone out there will be bale to identify them.


Could be one of the Mycocalia group, Maybe M. denudata

Well spotted and some nice clean shots.
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Link Posted 09/01/2017 - 18:00
Top investigating... remind me (in a slightly rounder way) of those tasty little tiny sugar coated chocolate eggs you get at Easter...


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