Observation 212693: Leucoagaricus americanus (Peck) Vellinga

When: 2015-08-11

Collection location: Chesterfield Valley, Missouri, USA [Click for map]

Who: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)

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A large, tight, fresh cluster half hidden under shrubbery fruiting in mulch along a landscaped walkway at the Premium Outlet Mall. No, I wasn’t on a foray at the mall; but I can never pass up a sighting of my favorite mushroom=) Largest cap: 11 cm. Stem: 11 cm. X 1 cm at apex enlarging to 2 cm at the widest part toward base. White mycelium at base and copious amounts of mycelium in the mulch. Specimens bruise reddish when handled and in age. Flesh of fresh specimens bruise bright orange-red when sliced.


Copyright © 2015 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2015 Judi Thomas.
Copyright © 2015 Judi Thomas
Copyright © 2015 Judi Thomas.
Flesh of fresh specimens bruise orange-red when cut.

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Thanks for all the photo tips, Martin.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-09-18 10:51:38 CDT (-0400)

I will keep them in mind; and thanks for the vote of confidence, Terri and Donna. I always appreciate the feedback I get on my observations. Thank you all for taking the time to comment.

Great photos Judi!
By: Terri Clements/Donna Fulton (pinonbistro)
2015-09-17 16:34:28 CDT (-0400)
The way to better equipment and approach is remarkably gentle.
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2015-09-17 16:20:06 CDT (-0400)

You can do it at your own pace. The simplest things – buy an medium-size gorilla pod or two from e-bay. Having the camera still will allow you to branch out into the manual settings if your camera has them. Shoot with the smallest f-stop and the longest exposure time to get the best of a bad situation. I also carry a cheap vinyl give-away brief case for my knees. And I found that a piece of white plastic board – the type that looks like corrugated cardboard – will fit right beside the brief in my pack. Use the white board flat on the ground to reflect light up or on either side to direct light at your subject. You can also prop it up to shade the sunlight if needed.

Sava, Your comments are much appreciated and are a perfect example of
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-08-14 11:00:06 CDT (-0400)

the best of MO … a community of like-minded folks who continually applaud, correct, support, offer suggestions, and share their knowledge with each other. I am aware of the deleterious affects direct sunlight can have on mushroom photography. Whenever possible I position my body (sometimes in quite awkward positions) to block the sunlight; and when foraying with others we routinely “provide shade” for each other. Sometimes — infrequently — I like just a spot or two of sunlight to add drama, making a picture a bit more dynamic. I guess we all know how much the perfect photo depends on finding a beautiful specimen, in the perfect location, with just the right amount of light. That’s what I call “getting lucky.” That is especially true for someone like me who uses a pocket-sized digital camera without a lot of lenses or a tripod. However, I recall a comment made by a professional photographer when asked what kind of camera he uses to get such good pictures. He replied, “It isn’t the camera that makes a good picture; it’s the photographer.” To that I would add it helps to have a great subject. Thanks again, Sava, for taking time to share your experiences and advice.

Walt and Martin: Your kind words mean a lot coming
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-08-13 20:58:30 CDT (-0400)

from such excellent photographers as yourselves. A chance encounter with this species started my interest in fungi exactly one year ago. It’s sort of an anniversary “find”, I guess you could say. So I didn’t hesitate to crawl under the bushes for these photographs in spite of all the strange looks I got from the back-to-school shoppers as they passed by=) My goal for this second year is to take better pictures when documenting my observations. Thanks for taking a look.

In 2010, the year I started,
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2015-08-13 19:50:21 CDT (-0400)

I saw these a dozen times. Since that time, I have not seen them a dozen times. I like your photos!

Nice Grouping!
By: walt sturgeon (Mycowalt)
2015-08-13 16:10:51 CDT (-0400)

And good diagnostic photos.

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