Observation 221986: “Discomycetes” Sacc.
When: 2015-10-29
No herbarium specimen
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A gregarious fruiting of tiny blue cups on well rotted, wet log. The blue is more intense than shows in the photos. I would describe the color as “baby blue”. Cups appear to open and turn grayish-white as they enlarge at maturity. Tiny blue cups are less than 1 mm.

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They are easier than that,
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2015-11-17 03:37:09 CST (-0500)

only they so often require microscopy.

Danny, thanks for your vote. Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t notice
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-11-08 20:46:04 CST (-0500)

these pesky, miniscule, impossible-to-identify-without-a-year’s-worth-of-study fungi=)=) … but then, they ARE intriguing, aren’t they?

Martin, Thanks for looking at my ob and for your comments.
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-11-08 20:40:04 CST (-0500)

I’m afraid that these are the best macros and color I can obtain with my little Canon pocket camera. Since I just purchased a new computer system, it’ll be a while before I consider an upgrade on the camera. I work hard to take my photos in the best natural light I can find after I get home with the specimens because light is such a profound influence on the color we see. I am very sensitive to color, probably because my father was an artist. I can usually tell all the colors that are in another color (e.g., is it a blue with green in it, or yellow, or red, or a little of each, etc.), probably from the hours I spent mixing colors in my youth. I also realize that not all computer monitors show colors the same and few of us bother to calibrate our displays to Pantone or other color standards. I do truly appreciate your suggestions, and I’ll keep working to improve my photographs.

Hi Judy
By: Martin Livezey (MLivezey)
2015-11-07 15:25:07 CST (-0500)

Do you have any way of getting better closeups that show the blue better? There should be white balance on the camera; in addition, you can place the material on a neutral background (18% gray from amazon) and the correction can be done in LightRoom. Not that I have the expertise in Ascos to make a better suggestion even with better photos. What is growing nearby? Is that a crust with teeth or pores? Are you using Beug to come up with your preferred name of Orbilliomycetes?

Thanks, Joe, for looking at my ob. and for weighing in
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2015-11-07 11:52:04 CST (-0500)

with your opinion. I appreciate the support.

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