Observation 171624: Amanita sect. Vaginatae sensu Zhu L. Yang

When: 2014-07-29

Collection location: Pistoia, Toscana, Italy [Click for map]

43.9919° 10.9121° 527m

Who: Luca Pasquali (luca)

No specimen available

There is one herbarium specimen available here: 171619.
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Hello Rod.
By: Luca Pasquali (luca)
2014-07-29 23:22:14 +03 (+0300)

Many thanks for the photographing suggestions, I’ll try to apply them at best!
Specimen has been put in dehydrator, if it’s ok for you I’d send half of the mushroom, cut from the volva to the pileus, so I can save an identical backup if the package won’t arrive, anyway tell me if you need the whole specimen at once.

Quite an interesting species.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-07-29 20:34:42 +03 (+0300)

I look forward to seeing the dried material.

Very best,


I would like to make a suggestion about photographing amanitas.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2014-07-29 20:33:32 +03 (+0300)

I use no flash and photograph in open shade (no direct sun, but sky above). I use reflectors made from two pieces of cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil and taped together along one edge like a book. Three of these set around the target mushroom brings in lots of light from the open sky. The arrangement also avoids much of the shadow effects. I use a tripod to hold my camera steady and set the f stop so as to close down the iris of the camera as much as possible (f32). The latter gives me depth of field that really improves the amount of the mushroom that is in focus. I set the camera to capture the image a few seconds after I trigger it. The digital camera decides on the length of the exposure, which may be several seconds.

I am quite happy with the results in the majority of cases.

Very best,


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