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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Crumple But No Crumble

Sprouting rhubarb leaves. With some crosseye stereos.

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Harold that is a very nice subject - and the light and colour set it off beautifully.
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Harold that is a very nice subject - and the light and colour set it off beautifully.
Thanks, Peter.

Each year I promise myself to photograph the rhubarb leaves daily, from the same viewpoint. They grow so rapidly that it could make a movie. As usual, I had neglected it but the cold weather put a hold on the growth.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Clematis armandii in Stereo

We had a plant for many years but the deer nibbled it, such that it never had more than a couple of leaves and did not grow or flower.

We planted a second one in a neglected greenhouse. Here, it has grown well and just produced flowers for the first time. It is one of the "fragrant" species (which are mostly white) but neither my wife nor myself can detect any scent.

The backgrounds where it is growing offer few good angles for images and the depth needed for stereos makes wide apertures impractical.

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Here are some crosseye stereos.

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An Early Crop of Cup Fungi

When we had our Weeping Willow felled we used some freshly-cut logs to border a new, slightly-raised, bed for strawberries. Spent compost from grow bags (2017 tomatoes) was used to provide "soil".

Only this week have I become aware (told by Pat) of a fairly profuse growth of cup fungi, of a single species, around the edge of the compost. The first (largest) cup is ca 50mm across and the second ca 25mm. Most of the species which this might be should not be around until late summer or autumn.

The stereo is crosseye.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Mercurialis perennis, Dogs Mercury, a Euphorbia common in woodland, forming green carpets and flowering copiously at this time of year. Like many Euphorbias, the flowers are small green things , so you are forgiven for thinking that it isn't actually flowering. This is the male flower.

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Trichia at x4 via Tominon 135mm

At small apertures in daylight the image on the sensor is often so dim that the framing and focus jump around in the viewfinder, even with manual focus. I wanted to see if I could overcome this by attaching a 3W diode torch to the front of the lens. This would illuminate the subject, keeping the image in the viewfinder steady and sharp. This light would not contribute significantly to the flash-illuminated image.

This worked and, rather than waste the images, some are given here. The magnification by the lens was 2:1 (the middle of its optimised range) with the m4/3 crop making it 4:1. I set the lens at f11 or f16, the latter probably producing the images used,. Any cropping did not significantly alter the magnification.

The stereo is crosseye.

Olympus EM-1, Tominon 135mm on extension (345mm) to give the required magnification.

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I have just taken delivery (at a similar cost) of a JML Optical 135mm f4.5, which seems to deliver the same magnification on the same extension. This calls for an image quality comparison test when the macro season gets going.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Cramp Balls

Not a medical condition but an Ascomycete fungus, also known as Alfred's Cakes. Daldinia concentrica

This group are currently growing out of the vertical cut end of Sycamore log. The group was about 30mm aross.

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Love these have several in the garden.

Did you play with the photo? Seems to be cut-out?
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Love these have several in the garden.

Did you play with the photo? Seems to be cut-out?
I cropped it. Then applied a Gaussian blur to everything except the actual flower and stem. Trying to simulate a shallow depth of field.

We only have few in our garden and my wife noticed them today so I went and and captured them while they lasted.

I agree they are very attractive flowers.
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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Eyeball to Eyeball: a Close Look Required

Last year I, several times, found a tiny Ascomycete fungus. Of various sizes, but no more than 1mm, it was this characteristic whitish, fuzzy appearance with a black spot. I found it on rotting twigs on the ground. I was going to collect some naturally dried, black, shiny mature ones for identification.

As I do frequently, I recently took a look in the leaf litter and wood chip mixture in our garden. In an area the size of a hand span, I found two colonies of tiny, whitish fruiting bodies. One was clearly a slime mould, the bodies on distinct stems. The other looked very much like the fungus.

A hand lens is inadequate for these tiny structures. Photography is extremely difficult, with less than 1mm being the most DOF a single frame can capture. Stacking would be the answer but I am not set up for it. These images were shot for identification purposes and not primarily to post here but they may be of interest. There is a great deal of diffraction blur in the RAW files. Much can be removed with software but the images are far from pin sharp.

The first two images are of the fungus, which I believe to be of Lasiosphaeria ovinum, a species which occurs at all seasons. The second image is where I have cut a piece of the leaf hosting the suspected L. ovinum and put it close to the right side of the colony of the slime mould (to get no more mention in this topic).

The remaining images are of the other species which has the fruiting bodies clothed in rather leaf-like (squamose) white plates. It took me a long time but I found images of a Slime Mould which looks exactly like this*. This is Didymium ilicinum, considered by some people to be a form of D. squamulosum. The species was discovered in England, on Holly leaves, but also occurs in leaf litter. I have included a stereo of it. The 3D effect is poor but the combined image has a little more DOF.

It proved extremely difficult to show that this species has stems, all of which are short and most of which are obscured by the fruiting body capsule.

I had to repeat two or tree sharpening processes and adjust contrast and brightness to squeeze the detail out. That is not something I normally do, even for SMs.

For what the stereo is worth, it is best viewed from further back than usual.

*The first image, under another species name, was in my latest book (with an eye-watering price tag!).

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