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Cobalt Crust Fungus (I am told)...
Yes, Terana caerulea. Widespread but uncommon on dead deciduous wood.

I have not, knowingly, seen it.

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Now there is a first Harold...……...
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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Over the weekend, we visited a friend who was hosting a horticultural society event in his garden in the countryside. I took a few photos. The sun was very bright, mid afternoon at an altitude of about 8,000 feet, 31C. Thank you for looking.

Quisqualis falcata var. mussaendiflora by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr

Peruvian Lily by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr

Brilliant Red Canna Lily by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr

Pink and White Hibiscus by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr

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Over the weekend, we visited a friend who was hosting a horticultural society event in his garden in the countryside. I took a few photos. The sun was very bright, mid afternoon at an altitude of about 8,000 feet, 31C. Thank you for looking.
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Nice images. Love the first one. Is it worth turning down the brightness on the Hibiscus to tame the highlights?

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Lovely flower photos Phil. we are looking at very dull bushes at the mo, though have to say their buds are beginning to show...…….
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Nice images. Love the first one. Is it worth turning down the brightness on the Hibiscus to tame the highlights?

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Thank you Harold. I did try toning down the highlights and when I showed it to my wife, she said she didn’t like it, as it made the flower look shrivelled and old. Not to worry, we have Hibiscus in bloom in our own garden and I am sure I get it right next time.
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Lovely flower photos Phil. we are looking at very dull bushes at the mo, though have to say their buds are beginning to show...…….
Thank you Mark, I imagine you could pull up some fascinating images from snow and frost. I had an encounter with a Cobra round the back of the house when I was locking up the out houses a few evenings ago. Black in colour and it was nearly 2m in length at a guess. He saw me and gave a warning. I have to say, I moved out of its way, sorry - no photo.
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Hibiscus in shade, late afternoon today

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Just how it should look. Shade or overcast does the job for flowers.

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Just how it should look. Shade or overcast does the job for flowers.

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Thank you Harold, wise words. A completely different end result
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Thank you Harold, wise words. A completely different end result
Wisdom, yes, but not mine. Traditional garden/flower photography experience showed that dull, wet conditions, typically after heavy or prolonged rain, with some light coming through a small break in the cloud cover, gave saturated colours.

This is similar to an extensive landscape where the same happens, the pool of light being on a centre of interest in the images such as a lake or a village

The very best are sometimes called "a Rembrandt"

Using diffused light is a step in this direction.

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A Warty Crust Fungus Radulomyces confluens

There an not many fungi of the cap and stalk type in the winter but it is a good time to look for crust fungi growing on dead wood. The correct term for these is Resupinate. Unlike mushrooms with gills hanging downwards, this group of fungi have their spore-producing structures facing the outside world with no cover in between.

This is a common species which I found yesterday in a local wood. It is one of the group with a warty appearance. If scratched, smells of old fashioned (1950s) school ink or phenol. The twig is about an inch (25mm) thick.

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Tiny, Hidden Winter Mushrooms

I turned over a chunk of long-dead pear tree branch (wrist-thick) yesterday and found this growing from a bark-free spot. This is one of my rare uses of f16 on the Laowa.

The stereo is crosseye.

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On a rare sunny February day I decided to try the telemacro performance of my mirror lens. It was not at its closest focus but at about 15 feet, the second image showing what it does at 150 feet. The fixed aperture of f5.6 requires some care in use.

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