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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

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I think it is a really lovely colour and shape. Plus the rain drops are perfect dressing. Glad you posted it.

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Thanks, Peter.

That flower is now turning brown but there are others on the stalk, ready to open soon.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Canna Richard Wallace in Sunlight

A second flower opened up after the one photographed in overcast lighting had died. The second one was also at a better angle to show the attractive markings in the throat. These were shot either in full sun (5pm BST) or when a tiny, thin cloud moderated the light somewhat.

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Scleroderma citrinum and Its Parasite

A visit to some local woods this morning found very few fungi but there were large numbers of the common earthball Scleroderma citrinum. One individual was almost consumed by another mushroom Pseudoboletus parasiticus.

The earthball was shot (f11) by very dim daylight, on a very dull day, in shaded woodland. The parasitised mushroom was shot by tripple TTL RC flash. The stereo is crosseye.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Canna Fruits: Soft or Prickly?

I recently posted images of a yellow Canna flower. These fruits happen to be from an orange flower but they all have the same form. They are actually softer than they look. The stereo is crosseye.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

This Bracket Fungus Does Not Form Brackets

If you look up Polyporus you will find a host of mushroom species which form brackets on dead trees. This one lives on dead twigs but had a stem, much like other mushrooms. I found this one, Polyporus tuberaster, on a twig in a local deciduous wood last Saturday. At about an inch (25mm) across, it is also smaller than many bracket fungi. As you can clearly see, this genus has pores, rather than gills, in this case sharpley-angled ones.

It was a lone individual but has a "button" on its stem.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

The Blob Nostoc commune

In recent years we have been finding these on concrete and tarmac ground surfaces, mostly on the north side of the house but occasionally on the patio on the south side. These shots are from the latter. The subject is one of curiosity, it being difficult to describe it as attractive.

I thought it might be some giant jelly fungus but it looked more like seaweed. It turns out that the latter is more accurate. This used to be in the Bluegreen Algae, now in the Cyanobacteria. It is of culinary interest in China. Some of the origins of the name are far from appetising.

The colour is typically dull green to brownish, sometimes almost black. It is always shiny to some extent but can be very much so.

http://www.eattheweeds.com/nostoc-na...-edible-too-2/

There are two main bodies, and expanded one about 65mm across and a compact one of 30mm.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Fluted Bird's Nest Fungus Cyathus striatus

I have seen cup fungi of this general design a few times in many decades of looking for fungi. They are supposed to be common! These were found in local woodland on Sunday. For their biology and lifestyle see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyathus_striatus

These individuals were about 10mm high and 7mm diameter.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

You've posted some great fungi shots recently, Harold. And some impressive ID skills as well. Do you inhabit any of the FB fungus groups?
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What am I supposed to do with the stereo pictures ?
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I have been foraging for edible fungi for about 50 years. In recent years, I have been a member of the Thames Valley Fungus Group, based in my home town. Some of our forays are joint ones with Oxfordshire or Hampshire groups.

I am not one of the most able at identifying species and, with 10kg of cameras and lenses with me, I can't be carrying or consulting books, of which I own many. The various groups have experts, some of which are authors of books, including Richard Fortey (TV) of the Oxfordshire group. Hampshire has a very able man.

As of 2-3 years ago, I am sort of unofficial foray photographer for TVFG.

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Horn of Plenty Craterellus cornucopioides

These mushrooms are brown to black on the upper/inner surface and much paler, greyish externally. They live on the woodland floor. The ones I have seen previously were around 1cm across but this population were up to the size of the palm of my hand. These are edible and easily recognisable.

They are basidiomytes, like typical mushrooms, but are far from typical.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crater...cornucopioides

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

An interesting one to photograph I imagine! Dark insides and and wide enough to be a real test of focus. So a good job and a lovely looking species. I'll leave the eating to others.

I go fungi spotting with a friend who is very good at spotting and IDing. I must get out and see what's about. We normally go to Ashridge, which is a good mix of habitats.
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An interesting one to photograph I imagine! Dark insides and and wide enough to be a real test of focus. So a good job and a lovely looking species. I'll leave the eating to others.

I go fungi spotting with a friend who is very good at spotting and IDing. I must get out and see what's about. We normally go to Ashridge, which is a good mix of habitats.
Thanks. Manual focus was not a major problem, as this part of the wood was a bit more open and better lit.

This latest rain is starting to bring them up. October should be very god for mushrooms this year.

Yesterday I decide to see if there were any slime moulds on our stacked, rotten logs, and found three species, possibly all first records for the garden. I was up at 1am to get it at a vital colour change stage of one of them (The wood was indoors for that).

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Re: Communal flowers, trees, plants and fungi thread

Ceratiomyxa poroides: A Delicate Rarity

This is a slime mould but of a very individual appearance. We found this rare beauty yesterday, on rotten deciduous wood on the local chalk hills. It was found during a fungus foray by Thames Valley Fungus Group. Mike Harrison found it, as subsequently identified it, adding that this was only the eleventh recorded British find of the species, which had been thought to be a Mediterranean species.

The structures remind me of the early stages of building of a wasp (Vespula) nest.

All were shot with a FOV of 17mm, some being cropped slightly. There is a crosseye stereo.

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Yellow Stagshorn Calocera viscosa

This is commonly found on dead conifer wood, especially on stumps. This, exceptionally numerous, group had a whole fallen trunk to themselves.

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