Slime Mould in Almost Inaccessible Location

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 2,801 Major grins

This is a slime mould, about a hand span across. It was inside a compost bin, on top of the decaying plant matter, some 45cm /18 inches down. I could just reach to place the camera and lens at working distance, +/- 2"/50mm in place. There was no chance of using the eye-level screen and judging focus of an UWA lens on a distant screen is hopeless. I had previously placed two RC freestanding flash unit at that level.

Due to the issues identified earlier, together with the sloping colony. I rejected the images. I then tried to harvest the substrate bearing the colony, only to flip it over.

Sony A7r3 Laowa 9mm f/5.6 FF RL. It was almost certainly f11. Twin, freestanding flash, hand held.

The stereo is crosseye.

The species is likely to be Badhamia utricularis.

Harold

Comments

  • BugsrusBugsrus Major grins Hochwald, SwitzerlandRegistered Users Posts: 155 Major grins

    Beautiful Harold.

    You know I love slime moulds. Species identification is an esoteric art (science?)

    Ed

  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,801 Major grins
    edited August 1, 2020

    @Bugsrus said:
    Beautiful Harold.

    You know I love slime moulds. Species identification is an esoteric art (science?)

    Ed

    More of a lottery. Thanks, Ed.

    I don't get very far with the ones with a lime crust on the outside.

    This colony is immature, later forming blue-black spheres, a bit like tiny golf balls.

    Harold

  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,801 Major grins

    I was hoping to be able to report regrowth, which has now happened (I just took some photos), and that this time it will reach maturity.

    Harold

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