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It’s been a sunny but very cold weekend here in Amsterdam! Autumn is really here now; it was above 25° Celcius and since yesterday it’s only 7° (and 3° at night).


Mushroom season is here! Here are some pictures taken with my Fuji X-T2 camera and vintage lens Pentacon 50 mm 🙂

This swirley bokeh is one of the reasons why I love this little lens


It’s wet and quite cold here in Amsterdam.. Here are some of the last mushrooms of this season, helicopter view 🙂 I especially like the turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) from this angle.

(Versicolor means ‘several colors’, which reliably describes this fungus that displays different colors.)


Things you need to take good mushroom pictures: A tripod, flash + reflector, a macro lens, and post-processing skills. Dutch photographer Daniel Laan is very good at all of this, check out his portfolio on 500px!

Unfortunately, I have none of this but that doesn’t stop me from photographing anyway 😉 Here are some pictures from today’s walk-


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.


Week 41! Today I photographed some mushrooms (no idea what kind!), and a small fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster?) who was sitting on one of the “rooftops” 🙂


Some pictures I took in Sweden last weekend:

(1) A little Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peeking out from behind a tree


(2) Small mushrooms growing on a fallen tree trunk


(3) Clematis seed heads up close


(4) The autumn colours were wonderful. I was lucky; the day after I left it started to snow 🙂



Week 42! Apologies for the slow update.. I haven’t used my regular cameras at all in the past months, but instead I’ve been shooting analogue with Diana Mini and an old Konica – first film rolls are developed and the results are Terrible but Fun 🙂  Anyway, today I went to the forest and I brought my PS as well:

(1) Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)


(2) Mushroom family


(3) Sporophyte of the moss






f/2.8 – 1/125s – ISO 100 – 100mm


These mushrooms are Stereum Ostrea, a.k.a. False Turkey Tail mushrooms.

f/2.8 – 1/50 – ISO 800 – 60mm


Here’s a mushroom that is easier to identify: Trametes versicolor, a.k.a. Turkey Tail.

To those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving today: Peace, love, health & happy turkey day!

f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 640 – 60mm


I was in a forest when I spotted something shining in the bushes. At first I was a bit annoyed because I thought someone had thrown plastic in there. But it was a shining white mushroom! It glowed, as if powered by electricity. No idea what kind it is, never seen one of these before. Does anyone know?

f/5.6 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60mm


f/3.5 – 1/100 – ISo 200 – 60



f/4 – 1/60 – ISO 400 – 60 – with flash


a.k.a. Women in sun hats (title by Wendy)

f/2.8 – 1/80 – ISO 800- 60


Some grow in grass. Some grow in moss. Some just pop out from the side of an old tree trunk.

Top: f/2.8 – 1/25 – ISO 800 – 60

Bottom: f/2.8 – 1/40 – ISO 800 – 60


Today’s my birthday! I pretend this is my birthday cake and the moss thingies sporophytes are the candles. (Yes, quite many candles…..)

Let’s stay in gnomeland! Here’s today’s mushroom picture:

Top: f/8 – 1/15 – ISO 800 – 60

Bottom: f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 320 – 60


f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 200 – 60

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
   - Henry David Thoreau


OK now, everyone smile for the camera.

f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 800 – 60


Today I’ve been walking around in the Amsterdamse Bos. Loads of mushrooms have popped up in just the last couple of weeks! I don’t like to eat mushrooms, but I do think they’re cute to look at. Especially the really tiny ones!

(If you disagree, you should probably stay away from this blog for a week or so..  More mushroom pictures coming up.)

Both pictures: f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 500 – 60


I think these are Pholiota Squarrosa, beautiful but poisonous mushrooms.

f/4 – 1/125 – ISO 200 – 60


f/2.8 – 1/60 – ISO 640 – 60