Bob Barley  

Fungi by Bob Barley

October 2021 - Fungi

About the Image(s)

This tree has two large trunks. One is dead and the other is doing okay. I found this mushroom growing on the dead side. I'm not knowledgeable about fungi, so I can't say what kind it is, but I thought it was interesting. Treated to a little tuning and a vignette in Snapseed.

12 comments posted

Richard Sprott   Richard Sprott
A nice shot of the fungus in its normal habitat. This one is fairly common. I think it is probably Sulfur Shelf. If you really want to know you could send the image to:
Rick Cloran, FPSA, MPSA
who runs the PSA Species Identification Service. You would probably get an ID back in a day or two.   Posted: 10/02/2021 15:00:20
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for the tip on determining what the fungus is. I don't know anything about fungi other than occasionally finding one in the woods. It's so dry here, that they are not especially common, so finding one is remarkable.
  Posted: 10/03/2021 18:06:38

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Great colors. I sometimes crop things too close and adding the tree and surrounding grasses adds to the image.   Posted: 10/03/2021 09:41:09
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
I understand what you mean. I have a couple of closer shots, but I thought they lacked context. So I chose to include more of the surroundings. However, that meant the the subject was smaller and not as detailed. It was a toss-up, but I liked this presentation more. I should have done a diptych and included both! Maybe next time. Thanks for your comments as always.
  Posted: 10/03/2021 18:03:49

Lynne Royce   Lynne Royce
Everything in photograph is sharp and colors great. Glad you didn't just focus lens on mushrooms and
included scene of living and dying trees joined together at base and surrounded by grass and a bit of sky. Context always good.   Posted: 10/04/2021 08:43:30
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your kind words. After this image was posted, I thought I over-saturated it a bit. I think I was trying to compensate for the smallish fungi presentation. As I mentioned to Jerry, next time I'll use a diptych so the details of the fungi are clearer.
  Posted: 10/04/2021 16:35:07

Dave Edwards   Dave Edwards
I've not had much luck in photographing fungus. It's interesting to see fungus at the base of one tree and more in the area where the "V" shaped trees join. Good job in spotting and photographing this image. I would have missed it and simply walked right by.   Posted: 10/07/2021 11:52:09
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. I nearly didn't see these fungi. They were off the path and close to a pond. I wandered down there to watch some fish - carp, I think - that were noodling in the shallows and then discovered the fungi. When I went back a few weeks later, all evidence of the fungi were gone. Don't know what happened to them. I'll (try to remember to) go back next spring and see if they re-grow.
  Posted: 10/12/2021 12:13:23

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Living in the Pacific Northwest we have lots of fungi and mushrooms. I like that you showed the surrounding area where the fungi are growing. I think if you had cropped in tighter it would have been less interesting. Having said that I'm known for saying crop tighter to put the focus on your subject. The images is very vibrant with the greens and yellows in contrast to the tree texture. Nice find.   Posted: 10/08/2021 16:08:08
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. I've watched YouTube videos of people searching the PNW woods for fungi, and they do find quite a variety. These examples were 25 feet from a pond, so I suppose that moisture was important for the growth. As I mentioned to Jerry, I probably should have done a diptych and included one close up. Maybe next year.
  Posted: 10/12/2021 12:00:02

Sol Blechman   Sol Blechman
Nice lighting on what might have been a gray or even wet day.I played with cropping the bottom mushrooms to enlarge the single one but the image lost context so you went with the best option.Well done.   Posted: 10/10/2021 18:13:00
Bob Barley   Bob Barley
Thank you for your comments. I tried to shoot the group at the bottom and the one at the "V" as separate images. They were fine, but I thought they lacked the context of the setting. As I have said above, I should have considered a diptych, or even a triptych, to include the context shot and close ups. It's a learning experience.
  Posted: 10/12/2021 12:07:08


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