September 30, 2021  •  12 Comments

Memento MoriMemento MoriNorth Berwick, ME
Memento Mori
Genus: Leratiomyces
North Berwick, Maine

We have a bumper crop of mushrooms growing in the local woods here.  Yesterday, Katherine, Buddy, and Kathy Askin our friend visiting from San Diego went on a mushroom hunt and found a wide variety.  I was using my macro lens and it's been a long time since I've used it so I had many, many poorly focused or composed images to dispose of.  But, I did get a handful I'm happy with and I think with some practice I can be quite the mushroom photographer!  I'm downloading iNaturalist's Seek to do some identifying so I'll have a bit more Latin in future posts. 

It was difficult to get 'pretty' images of these fungi as living in a woodland doesn't contribute to clean caps and bowls. Next time I'm taking a light brush to clean them up a bit and get the ready for their close-up.  Lighting was a problem also as the canopy only let in spots of light and at times cloud cover cancelled all good light for few minutes. I had my small maglite that Katherine and I would use to side-light a few that the sun couldn't reach. 

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Todd Henson(non-registered)
I do love photographing mushrooms. As you said it can be tough to find those pretty photogenic ones, but that's also part of the fun. And sometimes I like photographing ones that aren't perfect, say maybe because ants have been eating a chunk off part of it. It shows how we might really see them. That blue one at the end is something else. I don't think I've ever seen one of that color. And I like the idea of adding lighting. That's not something I've done much of as I rarely carry one with me, but it can really add some drama and turn it from a documentary image to a more artistic one. Identifying mushrooms has always been a struggle for me. There are just so many out there, and many seem so similar.
Linda Grashoff(non-registered)
Ah, so this is how one photographs mushrooms.
Neil Brooks(non-registered)
Here is my list of names for these mushrooms:
1. sleeping chestnut (in honor of its color)
2. Bowlful of mushroom
3. underwater ice bush
4. miniature tee table
5. bulbous pencil crowned with black-edged eraser
6. bird bath
7. cylindrical church with golden dome
8. carpet-topped mushrooms (in honor of textured surface)
9. hollow center umbrellas
10.purple tie stud
Jodie Hulden(non-registered)
Joe, such a nice series of images! I've never seen so many different types or colors of mushrooms. Especially that lovely blue one - like finding a treasure!
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
And, mushrooms you did find. I think this is an excellent series of images. I know very little about mushrooms except they are wonderful when sauteed and smothered on steak or chicken or pork and make a great soup. They pop up once in awhile in the yard offering me a few photo opportunities. I'm happy with your of images of the crop of mushrooms!
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