A Fun Photographic Fungi Foray

Parasol fungi emerging from tree

Many people think of October and November as fungi season but various species “flower” all year, and September is a particularly good month to catch fresh early specimens.

This sort of photography is made for smaller bridge and micro four thirds cameras which can offer benefits over DSLRs in positioning, close focusing and depth of field. Remember to take a tripod as it is a real challenge to keep your shutter speed up and ISO acceptable when shooting in dark woodland and shady corners.

Sulphur cup fungi on mossy tree
Sulphur cup fungi on mossy tree
Bracket fungus
Bracket fungus
Common yellow russula
Common yellow russula
Rosy brittlegill
Rosy brittlegill
Toadstool with blue tendrils
Toadstool with blue tendrils

Seasons turning

Dappled light in forest glade

Dappled light in forest glade
As summer heat starts to fade into autumn mists and storms, its time to set my macro lens down with a tinge of sadness. Its been a wonderful butterfly year for me with three new first evers to my list, but now the season is turning. The butterflies are fading into warm bright summery memories of warmth with just the hardy commas and admirals feeding up on the flowering ivy preparing to hibernate. But of course the turning leaves augurs in one of the most beautiful landscape and wildlife photography seasons, so it is also time to pick up my landscape lens for the autumn colour and my long lens for the deer rut and the wintering birds all in their bright new winter plumage…