I love taking pics of mushrooms, even though the kindws of places they usually like to hide makes it very difficult to get the light and setting right. All too often I get back home to find the shots just did not work out, which only makes me more detirmined to get better shots next time.
My knowledge of mushrooms is low, so I am hoping that we have a friendly mycologist or two lurking about who may be able to provide more info. If you have any shots of mushrooms or fungus, please share them with us and tell us what you may know about the species.
The first shot is a Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria). This mushroom has a rich cultural history, having been used by many ancient cultures as a means of communicating with their Gods. It was also the mushroom that inspired many mushroom cults to hold this beastie with reverance. The mushroom does have hallucinogenic properties, but unless you really know what you are doing, it is not recommended. There are similar looking species that are more deadly growing alongside these, and a white variety that is poisonous even if you simply touch it. These too are often found growing together with the Fly.
The following mushrooms, fungus, and lichen were found growing at the start of the track to Montezuma Falls. We only explored the fist couple of hundred metres of the track on the day these were taken, and could easily have spent all day just looking at the diverse range of things we discovered there.
The mushrooms in this shot are incredibly tiny. The heads are about 2-3 mm across and the stems about 5 mm long. Thankfully I had my macro filters with me when we discovered these.
This one is probably a variety of lichen. I really liked the protrusions that sprouted from it.
Other mushrooms and fungus we found along the Montezuma track...
Will post more shots as we find new varieties, in the meantime, please feel free to add your shots or info to this thread.