Slime Mould: Diderma hemisphericum: Location Shots

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserPosts: 2,661Registered Users Major grins

Two days ago I was privileged to visit the site of a lime quarry not used for about 100 years and conserved for its 'natural' habitat.

We were about to have lunch before returning to our cars, when I saw a gap between some trees. I entered and picked up a rotten twig from the ground. On it I saw what I initially thought were disco fungi, which are of similar size and shape. The gnarled stems told me otherwise. It was a Myxomycete.

The greyish caps naturally fracture to release spores. Not wanting to damage them further before photographing them, I took some images on the windy hillside.

I found this species once before, in a local woodland.

The frames are mostly showing a FOV 11mm wide. Some have been cropped.

Low magnification (cropped):

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/60 at f8, hand-held.

High magnification:

Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at f11, twin TTL flash hand-held.

The stereos are crosseye.

"Studio" shots will be posted tomorrow.

Harold

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