Collection location: Pogonip Open Space Reserve, Santa Cruz, California, USA [Click for map]
Who: Thomas Laxton (Tao)
These were forming on Trametes hirsuta.
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that’s one hell of a compliment. I’m glad you enjoy my images. I would love for my pictures to be displayed in any museum. Thanks again for your encouragement.
Your photography should be on display at a museum. It is Smithsonian caliber.
I will try to find more to share. You can see other examples of my photography of slime molds at: http://mushroomobserver.org/species_list/show_species_list/728
My example is this. I like Hexagonal polypores, Polyporus_alveolaris. They’re a dime a dozen. But I still check them out each time I find one on a fallen branch. One day when I turned one over to admire the hexagonal pattern I noticed this peppery silt sprinkled on it, so I blew across it to remove it, knowing that I would just force it into the pores further if I tried rubbing it off. To my surprise when I blew, each little peppery fleck retreated into each pore. I took out a hand lens and saw an entire village of minute larvae working at eating something from the inside of each pore. It was like looking at a fiddler crab village on something the size of a nickel. I knew how Horton felt when he heard the Whos on the dust mote.
I came across your observation today because I was documenting a Trametes hirsuta at a camp I am making lesson plans for. Not too thrilled when I saw it, but after seeing your observation, I am again inspired to not readily dismiss what looks plain at first glance.
Yeah, these are wow!
But they are not fungi they are one cell organisms much like amoeba that have become a community of thousands of cell nuclei that lived in one cell membrane and then when the conditions were right they formed these complex structures.
I love it when you look at one mushroom that you think is common and find something uncommon about it!
and everyone who contributes. I’m glad I can share my findings with the community.
Getting better every obs
Not a new lens, just getting the hang of using my microscope camera’s software and CombineZM photo stacking program.
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