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Slime Mould: Diderma hemisphericum: Location Shots

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  • Slime Mould: Diderma hemisphericum: Location Shots

    Two days ago I was privileged to visit the site of a lime quarry not used for about 100 years and conserved for its 'natural' habitat.

    We were about to have lunch before returning to our cars, when I saw a gap between some trees. I entered and picked up a rotten twig from the ground. On it I saw what I initially thought were disco fungi, which are of similar size and shape. The gnarled stems told me otherwise. It was a Myxomycete.

    The greyish caps naturally fracture to release spores. Not wanting to damage them further before photographing them, I took some images on the windy hillside.

    I found this species once before, in a local woodland.

    The frames are mostly showing a FOV 11mm wide. Some have been cropped.

    Low magnification (cropped):

    Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/60 at f8, hand-held.

    High magnification:

    Olympus EM-1 (manual mode), Laowa 25mm f2.8 2.5x-5x ultra-macro at f11, twin TTL flash hand-held.

    The stereos are crosseye.

    "Studio" shots will be posted tomorrow.


    The body is willing but the mind is weak.