Observation 24755: Gymnopilus P. Karst.
When: 2009-08-26
No herbarium specimen

Notes: These were growing under a log in Zone 12. It transpired that they were growing from the log: the stipes drop down, then curve up and attach to the caps. All parts yellow with darker markings.

Many of the photos are very long flashless exposures due to the lack of light under the log and the flash doing a very poor job in such a confined space. Two are almost the same except for the focus: on the bigger one in the foreground for one (1cm across or so) and on some tiny button mushrooms further back for the other. The bigger one that was picked and is featured in images 2, 3, and 4 only was maybe 1.5 cm across; the darker photos were taken after its removal from the cluster.

The dark photos have two versions: unaltered and enhanced. The enhanced versions have been auto-equalized and color-corrected; the mushroom colors are accurate but the wood is a bit more grey and less brown than it should be in those. All colors are correct but low-light in the unaltered versions. All of these tend to have some amount of focus or subject-position issues, owing to the confined space under the log and resulting difficulty in positioning the camera. Even its orientation was often constrained by obstructions in the way of the nozzle containing the lenses. This affects focus partly because focus prefers central subjects and partly because in low light, the autofocus is assisted by an orange light and in close and confined quarters that light is distinctly off-center and may even miss the target entirely.

In simpler language, I did the best I could under the circumstances. :)

Proposed Names

16% (2)
Recognized by sight: yellow gills, brown spores, wood substrate.
62% (3)
Eyes3
Recognized by sight: yellow gills, orange spores, wood substrate.

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Not slimy
By: Paul Derbyshire (Twizzler)
2009-08-26 21:32:00 PDT (-0700)

Does that rule out Pholiota?

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