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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

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From a Dutch poster, Michel Beekman: "Oooh! Caloscypha fulgens! Nice and rare find Apparently it is doing great this year, since I've seen quite a few posts of this species in various id groups from the northern hemisphere. Four of them from my country (Netherlands), a couple from the States and a few from the UK."
Interesting. It is not in Philips. My specimen does give the green colour of C. fulgens when scratched. The spores of the two species (next to each other in the Ascomycetes book) are extremely different.

The specimen is very shrunken so I must see what I can do.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Give me the nod if you want to add any more id info
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Thanks, John.

I have enclosed the, much shrivelled, fruiting body in an airtight container, inverted over two coverslips. I hope it yields some spores. It the spores, if any, are of the Orange Peel, that will be final.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Apparently C. fulgens is being found all over the place this year.
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I have enclosed the, much shrivelled, fruiting body in an airtight container, inverted over two coverslips. I hope it yields some spores. It the spores, if any, are of the Orange Peel, that will be final.

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I had a bit of a struggle to see anything but, under oil immersion, I have a seen lot of unclubbed, branched paryphases and I have seen 3 asci, in which the spores were spheroid, not elliptical, and not reticulated.

If you pass that back to your source they will realise that it is not Aleuria (Orange Peel) but is consistent with Caloscypha fulgens.

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Excellent work.

Worth reporting.
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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Most fungi are associated with the roots of trees. My book suggests that this species is associated with conifers. The nearest tree was a mature White/Grey Birch Betula populifolia. Another UK record this month, the one in Wales, also records it being found near a Birch (exact species not recorded).

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A Disco Day

Yesterday was sunny and I had been noticing at least two different species of Disco fungi on the damp undersides of rotten logs in my garden, so I set out to get some shots. These are the fruiting bodies of a group of Ascomycete fungi which, instead of having gills, produce their spores in tiny sacs called asci (singular ascus).

These are tiny, 1mm or less in diameter, and they rarely live close to the edge of the log, making close focus tricky, especially at low angles of view. Anyway, I go some usable images of one orange, one white and one yellowish species. From previous experience, I believe the white one to be Dasychyphus virigineus syn. Lachnum virgineum which usually has water droplets on its hairs.

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These were shot as RAW files and were processed in DxO Pro 9. I used the default processing except that I chose Prime NR. I saved the images as full-sized TIFFs. I opened the TIFFs in Photoshop and removed residual noise in Topaz Denoise6 plugin. Most were cropped. The images were then resized and saved as JPEGs.

These fungi are in a very three-dimensional habitat and are of a size which requires magnification at which DOF is almost two-dimensional. So these images are really only a taster and it needs stacking to obtain better ones.

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Tawny Grisette perhaps. Only expertise is to look it up in the book
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Tawny Grisette perhaps. Only expertise is to look it up in the book
Not a Grisette: no scales on cap, no volva, lack of radial striations at edge of cap, wrong time of year if recent.

Most likely Egghead Mottlegill Panaeolus semiovatus.

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Miscanthus sinensis Zebra Grass Seedheads

I liked the shapes of these and took a number of shots of three heads from different angles, with a polarizing filter to darken the sky.

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The Whorl of the Fern

If you catch them at just the right season, these opening fronds of new growth are visible between the dying ones of the previous year. They are very close to the ground and I adopted various semi-recumbent positions to get these.

I would normally use at least two flash guns, preferably three. The task was difficult enough without multiple light sources, with excessive shadows a likely issue. So I proceeded with a single gun and I was pleased with the results.

Daylight and stereo images will be posted tomorrow.

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I was pleased with the results.
Yes I agree you should be pleased. I think there is a great deal of opportunity with these. I managed some nice creative shots of early ferns in the forest after struggling to get a clear sight shot of them. I found a superwide lens did work well - I tend to use on fungi as well.

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Yes I agree you should be pleased. I think there is a great deal of opportunity with these. I managed some nice creative shots of early ferns in the forest after struggling to get a clear sight shot of them. I found a superwide lens did work well - I tend to use on fungi as well.

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Peter, Thanks.

This was a rather sickly plant we bought at discount about 15 years ago. It is a cultivar or hybrid. I can't find the name but there is probably a label, buried deep in the basal debris.

It is growing in the deepest shade in the garden, in a corner facing westward but mostly shaded by trees. Next to it is a Male Fern which sort of survives.

The daylight shots required ISO 1000 and still took several attempts for sharp results.

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