Observation 24912: Amanita Pers.



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Two suggestions
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-02 15:13:55 CDT (-0400)

It would have been nice to get the stipe in focus in the top photo. It would be a help also if it were more brightly lit. If you cover two pieces of cardboard with crinkled then flattened aluminum foil with the shiny side out and then tape the two foil-covered cardboards to make a tall folder or book-like object, this will make a good reflector to aim natural light in under a pileus. If you can control the opening of your lens (what we used to call the f-stop), you have to accept a slower shutter speed (requiring a good flat rock or a tripod, possibly) but get greater depth of field. If you set the f-stop number at 16 or higher (my camera goes up to f32), you may be taking the photo with a shutter speed of 1/10 of a second or a bit less; but your depth of field should be greater than it is now. You make try focusing halfway between the cap edge and the stipe or let the automated focus try for you.

The better photographers than I can improve on my suggestions, I’m sure.


Thanks for your interesting pix, Emily.
By: R. E. Tulloss (ret)
2009-09-02 15:06:44 CDT (-0400)

I’m not sure what this is, but the outer ends of the gills seem to be round and very broad for the size of the cap. This makes me wonder several things. Emily, was there any indication of a skirt on the stem? Did the basal bulb have a number of little triangles with their bases on the bulb and their tops pointing away from the stipe (approximately)? Did it seem to you that the original cap color could have been yellow? Did you notice if the gills narrowed toward the stem apex so that they appeared tear-drop shaped?

I am thinking that you might have run into one of the two species depicted by W. C. Coker in 1917 from the Chapel Hill area, but rarely or never reported since.


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