So I have this odd fascination with mushrooms...

So,
Last spring I got a new digital camera, and wanting to test it out I began hunting outside for some subjects to photograph.
Well after some searching in the yard I came across a mushroom at the edge of my field. So deciding it was a good chance to tryout my camera's ability to capture extremely detailed closeups of thing I snapped several shots of the fungi.

Upon returning to my computer I was amazed how beautiful the little details of the things were, and the fact that despite mushrooms being all over the place in the area I live, I had never really taken a chance in my nearly 30 years to appreciate them. Despite being someone who loves being outdoors.
Maybe my ignorance was caused by my extreme dislike of eating them, I don't know, but damn are they amazing.
So this led to my reading of several mycology books, and many, many excursions into the woods to hunt out these once ignored friends of mine.
The sheer complexity of the types, forms, and properties of fungus is mind boggling. What a great way to spend an afternoon trudging through the woods and discovering them has become.
Unfortunately winter has put a hamper on my new favorite outside activity so as I was reminiscing by looking through my pictures (I have a ton now) I decided I would put a couple to use making my until now neglected new background space. It's not the best background but I am a better photographer than photoshopper.

The mushrooms are: Left - Hygrophorus psittacinus AKA Parrot Mushroom. Center - Clavulina cristata AKA Crested Coral Right - Stropharia rugosoannulata AKA Wine Cap Stropharia (edible)

I can't wait til spring.

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Posted by Lepuke

So,
Last spring I got a new digital camera, and wanting to test it out I began hunting outside for some subjects to photograph.
Well after some searching in the yard I came across a mushroom at the edge of my field. So deciding it was a good chance to tryout my camera's ability to capture extremely detailed closeups of thing I snapped several shots of the fungi.

Upon returning to my computer I was amazed how beautiful the little details of the things were, and the fact that despite mushrooms being all over the place in the area I live, I had never really taken a chance in my nearly 30 years to appreciate them. Despite being someone who loves being outdoors.
Maybe my ignorance was caused by my extreme dislike of eating them, I don't know, but damn are they amazing.
So this led to my reading of several mycology books, and many, many excursions into the woods to hunt out these once ignored friends of mine.
The sheer complexity of the types, forms, and properties of fungus is mind boggling. What a great way to spend an afternoon trudging through the woods and discovering them has become.
Unfortunately winter has put a hamper on my new favorite outside activity so as I was reminiscing by looking through my pictures (I have a ton now) I decided I would put a couple to use making my until now neglected new background space. It's not the best background but I am a better photographer than photoshopper.

The mushrooms are: Left - Hygrophorus psittacinus AKA Parrot Mushroom. Center - Clavulina cristata AKA Crested Coral Right - Stropharia rugosoannulata AKA Wine Cap Stropharia (edible)

I can't wait til spring.

Posted by super_machine

yeah spring is a great time to capture life as it emerges. This morning was another brisk one, but I was pretty stoaked to find some sprouting day lilies in my back yard.  One thing you may want to look for in the next month is a big ant hill. A few years back I was hiking with my Nikon in late March and I can across this ant hill that had thousands of ant all over it. But they weren't moving, just sitting there. I think they had just emerged from hibernation and were warming themselves up. They we so tightly pack on the ant hill so I put my camera on the macro setting and got some amazing close up shots. You ever see the hairs on an ants butt? I have the photos to prove it. Good hunting.