Notes: such a fun fungus to find at the edges of snowbanks.
[admin – Sat Aug 14 02:00:17 +0000 2010]: Changed location name from ‘Emmigrant Trail, Sierra, CA’ to ‘Emigrant Trail, California, USA’
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You definitely did use flash. The original photo has a specular highlight inside the lower cup from reflection of a light source. (Zoom the photo. There are some whitish specks in both cups but one bright spot in the lower one has rays.) From the angle of the cup to the plane of the image (flat-on) and the position of the highlight (dead-center in the cup), it can be inferred that the light source was in almost the same direction from the specimen as the lens. This could be the noontime sun or the camera’s flash, but very little else. If, as you say, the specimen was in shade, then it was not the noontime sun. It follows that it was almost certainly the camera’s flash.
and drying will also cause it to lose color.
Did you use flash for that photo? That could very easily explain the light appearance of the specimen. Another in natural light would look more “ideal.”
These look so light in color. According to Tylutki, the hymenium inside the cup should be black and the exterior should be black with a delicate tomentum. Did it have a loooong stipe deep in the soil that connected to wood?
Tylutki, E. E. 1979. Mushrooms of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest Discomycetes. Univ. Press of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. 133p.
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