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Small Mycena mushrooms on a sunny autumn day 🙂

Mycenas are hard to identify to species and some are distinguishable only by microscopic features such as the shape of the cystidia. Over 33 species are known to be bioluminescent, creating a glow known as foxfire (sometimes called “fairy fire”). I’ve never seen it in real life but you can read more about it in this article published by University of Chicago.

27 responses

  1. Stunning! You are so good at these, whatever you photographers call this technique of depth of focus. There is a lot of richness here to admire for more than a few minutes 😊

    November 12, 2017 at 9:16 PM

    • Thanks so much, Tony! 🙂 I’m actually quite pleased with these pictures because they’re not taken with a macro lens but still quite detailed with a shallow DoF. (Fuji will release their first 1:1 macro lens end of Nov / beginning of Dec, can’t wait!)

      November 12, 2017 at 9:22 PM

  2. Wow! These are amazing shots! Magical!

    November 12, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    • Thanks so much, Pete! Looking at these tiny mushrooms always feels a bit magical I think, like a miniature world 🙂

      November 12, 2017 at 9:48 PM

  3. Superb shots, Calee! 🙂 I really like these!

    November 12, 2017 at 9:34 PM

  4. Oh, sooooo beautiful!!

    November 12, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    • Thanks so much, Greta! I enjoyed your latest post with mushrooms too, especially the red one, so beautiful! 🙂

      November 13, 2017 at 5:50 AM

      • Thank you very much Calee!

        November 13, 2017 at 4:22 PM

  5. I’ve witnessed the foxfire-phenomenon of Filoboletus manipularis on a night walk at Danum Valley, Sabah. Magic indeed, as is your picture – it almost looks like a skyline!

    November 13, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 I’m jealous now, I’d love to see that too! Btw, love your blog, always great pictures of interesting subjects from interesting places!

      November 13, 2017 at 11:29 AM

      • Thanks Calee, likewise! Are you still in Amsterdam?

        November 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM

  6. Excellent images….

    November 13, 2017 at 3:07 PM

  7. Love the second shot especially Camilla, the light is magical

    November 13, 2017 at 6:45 PM

  8. Magical photos! Those little guys arebn’t the easiest things to photograph, and you framed them so well, and got every detail in those gills, while the background is soft and full of promise. And the moss underfoot is sweet.

    November 14, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    • Thanks so much, Lynn! 🙂 I was quite happy to get these shots even though I don’t (yet) have a macro lens. I love your expression that the background is “full of promise”, that’s usually the feeling I have when walking in the woods!

      November 14, 2017 at 6:02 PM

      • And that’s not a coincidence, i suspect. Your love shows. Just stopping back here again and admiring these photos once more. Have a good week!

        November 20, 2017 at 6:43 PM

        • Thanks so much, Lynn! I really appreciate it 🙂 Have a good one you too!

          November 20, 2017 at 7:45 PM

  9. Exquisite shots Camilla! Wonder if they’re edible. I used to eat mushrooms that looked liked these, usually in soups, in Japan. Delicious. Magic mushrooms are of course something else entirely. I wondered if the glow you mentioned might be as a result of eating too many.. 😀

    November 15, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    • Thanks so much, Adrian! I’m allergic to mushrooms so no idea which ones are edible or not 🙂 Ahah, we have magic ones here in Amsterdam but I haven’t tried those either! (Maybe that’s why I’ve never seen glowing ones)

      November 15, 2017 at 7:20 PM

  10. Instantly liked this blog! Keep up the good work!

    November 18, 2017 at 4:26 PM

  11. Hi! Great macro work again. Lovely images. John 🙂

    November 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM

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