Wednesday, 18 October 2017

This Is Not A Jellyfish

This Is Not A Jellyfish


Siphonophore.

Portuguese Man of War, Physalia physalis.

Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f9 16mm 1/8 ISO 100

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rockpooling

Rockpooling


Sony ILCE-6000
E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
f9 50mm 1/10 ISO 100

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Oak Spangle Gall

Oak Spangle Gall


I've shown these before but they're just so darn photogenic. I came across a stunted oak tree covered in thousands of these galls. Methinks the tiny wasps have been having a party.


Spangle Gall Wasp, Neuroterus quercusbaccarum.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/160 ISO 1250

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Scarlet Lady

Scarlet Waxcap


If Hygrocybe calyptriformis is The Ballerina, this is surely The Scarlet Lady.


Scarlet Waxcap, Hygrocybe coccinea.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/125 ISO 160

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Struggling to keep up

Struggling to keep up


So many fungi, so little time.

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/125 ISO 1400

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Crossover Point

Crossover Point


I'm trying to figure out the crossover point between the Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens and the lowest power on the Apex Practitioner microscope. It's somewhere around the 1mm mark. I've still got a long way to go to get decent focus stacks using the microscope, but this image is my first serious attempt.

Dicyrtomina saundersi

18 image focus stack, Zerene PMax.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Word of the Week

Word of the Week


The Word of the Week this week (awarded weekly on a week by week basis) is:

apiculus

being the part of a fungal spore which attaches to the sterigmata at the end of a basidium.

It's become apparent that my mycology, which is over 40 years old (and, if I'm being completely honest, wasn't one of the subjects I committed maximum attention to at the time), is coming back to me very slowly at my advanced age...

These spores are 8-10┬Ám long, which means that the apiculi are sub-micron structure. I'm delighted to be able to achieve that level of resolution with the Apex Practitioner microscope.


Clustered Bonnet, Mycena inclinata spores, wet mount, 800X magnification.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Happy UK Fungus Day!

Happy UK Fungus Day


This morning I found myself in a field with the biggest Parasol mushrooms I have ever seen - photographing them had a real Alice In Wonderland feel to it. In spite of that, for UK Fungus Day I've decided not to go with the obvious choice but instead to go with one of the smaller finds of the day, this tiny transparent Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis).

Nikon D7200
Tokina 100mm f/2.8
f11 1/125 ISO 450

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049


Dark, disturbing, dystopian.
And that's only the ticket prices.

I felt the pounds melt away
like tears in the rain.

Now there's a film that didn't need to be made.