Mushroomspotting — 5* Pix

Total Shots taken 105
Number of 5 star ratings (5* yield %) 8 (7.6%)

I am not even sure how you take 100+ images of a single mushroom (or three, in this case).  It started when a friend told me about a mushroom that was in one of the neighborhood trees.  She didn’t give me much of a hint of what to look for (except to say it was a mushroom), but gave me the nearby address.  I walked right past it, and did a classic double take when I realized that I was looking at a mushroom, and not a birdbath attached to a tree!

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  • Classic Shelf Mushroom: This is a real thing.  It is called a shelf mushroom, because it extends from the tree like a shelf might.   Most shelf mushrooms are edible (but don’t take my word for it!).  This one is huge, probably close to 12 inches at its widest point.  I walked around this tree for over an hour to get those 105 images!

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  • Mushroomspotting: It could mean that people are running around looking for mushrooms, but it could also be the other way around — mushroom spots people as they walk past, staring at it in all its mushroom glory!

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  • Up Close and Personal (2): The eye of the camera gives you a viewpoint you might not otherwise see.  The mushroom’s seemingly smooth surface has tiny wrinkles that contrast against the rough bark of the tree that spawned it.

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  • Hands On Approach:  Several people came closer to see it and touch it.  “It was soft, almost spongy,” said one guy, after he felt it.

It is said that good photography is about finding uncommon beauty in common places –  I found it is also about finding beauty in uncommon objects.

See more outtakes from this and other photography outings by following me on Instagram @eyevpointofview.

 

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