Collection location: Lower Trenta Valley, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia [Click for map]
46.3617° 13.6979° 700m
Habitat: modestly southeast inclined mountain slope, mixed forest, Fagus sylvatica and Picea abies dominant; overgrown scree, rocks and boulders, calcareous ground, relatively warm and dry place, partly protected from direct rain by tree canopies, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, elevation 700 m (2.300 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.
Substratum: fallen Fagus sylvatica branch in its initial disintegration stage.
Place: Lower Trenta valley, on the trail from ‘Na melu’ place to ‘Na skalah’ settlement, at the foot of Mt. Srebnjak, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC.
Comments: Growing in groups of many confluent fruit bodies; clump’s dimensions up to about 8 × 5.5 × 2.5 cm.
Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8 and Canon G11, 6.1-30mm/f2.8-4.5
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and the relative non-importance of demonstrating “true” spore color in a posted micrograph (amyloidity, inamyloidity and dextrinoidity being just as well noted in writing as shown in an image), I take no issue whatsoever with this interesting artifact. if anything, I think it adds pizzazz and intrigue to your already excellent observations.
Thanks for your prize. Unfortunately these colors are false. I have a microscope with poor lighting (tungsten bulb), which strongly changes its color temperature with light intensity. In addition the stability of main power voltage at the place where I live is also very poor. This results in constant unpredictable changing of the color of microscope light. Because I copy/paste spores from several shots into a single published picture, individual contributions have all kind of color. That causes this ‘colorfulness’. Sometimes (when not too lazy) I compensate color temperature of individual contributions to the final picture in PhotoShop, but even then I don’t know, which color is ‘correct’. Would probably be better to convert my microscope pictures to grayscale pictures.
How is it your spores look like an assortment of jelly beans?? I’ve never seen such an array of colors before in a spore mount.
As always, thank you for your absolutely impeccable contributions.
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