More mushrooms! For my sister, Poupie

Although some of these images aren’t as crisp as I would like, or have an overly restricted depth of field, I’m including them anyway because I like what they contribute to the collection, in terms of variety.

52 responses

  1. The variety of mushrooms is amazing…..nice shots!


    June 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    • Thanks, Pam. I’m overwhelmed by the variety, and feel so uneducated about the different types! Along with insect reference manual, I’m also going to get a mushroom reference book to have on hand. They’re too interesting not to learn more about!

      June 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  2. Thank you for sharing those funny specimen of mushrooms! πŸ™‚

    June 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

  3. Very beautiful!!!

    June 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

  4. Β‘Precioso Lemony! besos

    June 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

  5. Never mind what it could be, (in the field, there always payed professionals are taking photos for the reference book using massive camera system) the matter is what YOU find with YOUR eyes for YOUR photography.
    Still, impose such high standard over your photography is the exact reflection of what YOU define Who YOU are = subconsciously imprinted your definition or contemplation of WHO YOU are ! Unconsciously follow this definition
    is what your Mindfulness. = Action reveal the person as a visible picture, more than just thinking = hence DIY Zen.

    Your 4th photo is (I understand) your humor. πŸ™‚ And I like your Millipede in the 5th. 9th photo is a Chinese (and Japanese) delicacy Kikurage (ζœ¨θ€³) —– I didn’t know it grows on the ground, other than on the fallen tree.
    They are quite impressive collection.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Yoshizen, this is one of my all-time favorite comments, thank you very much. It is very helpful to keep these thoughts in mind when it comes to posting something. We should share our own vision, and not something that meets some externally imposed ideals. I also appreciate how you see my photographs; you give such careful attention and are coming to understand my point of view. I’m grateful for that, thank you! I’m wondering if the 9th image, the ζœ¨θ€³, is one that perhaps fell out of a tree? It seemed be sort of just loosely floating there on the grass. I couldn’t locate its source, but it was a fascinating shape and color to me.

      June 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      • I’m very much glad to hear that you took my comment in this way.
        When I saw your rusted iron’s photos, I’ve noticed you got very open minded yet in the
        same time, very intensive concentrated eyes in your photography, = I put a comment
        “This is a Zen Photography” then you reviled that you are practicing it. πŸ™‚
        It is clear you are right on the track and progressing.

        An advice I got from big Don of photography in Japan when I was young
        “Not to take photo is still the Photography = Just see and appreciate it and let it go”
        —– coming close to his age then, I understand the way of life and a way to make a joke
        in a guise of photography. πŸ˜€

        June 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        • It is so interesting that you would make this very comment about choosing not to take a photo. I was thinking that very thought yesterday while observing a crow, who was just a few feet away from me. I was mesmerized watching it move. I thought ohhhhh, “I could take his picture, he’s so close!” But I sat still and chose instead to just enjoy being close to him and having the chance to see the way he hopped about and the way the light glimmered on his feathers. I still took a picture in my mind, and can still see it. A photograph just for me. πŸ™‚

          June 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          • Once I was forced out photography (as I had to sell most of my cameras = photographer without camera
            is no longer photographer πŸ˜€ —– yet those nearly 20 years, I learned more to see with my naked eyes,
            and to see behind and beyond a photo ) = I guess, what he meant was this = to see what the meanings of
            Live the Life = instead to be an observer of the Life.
            (Without having this period, yoshizen today may not exists but just a busy small photographer πŸ˜€
            It was what we call Karma)
            —– One day suddenly, those sublimated image of hopping craw’s determine your photo and give deep
            meaning over it, and it will make your turning point = this is also the Karma.

            June 15, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  6. Frank Wallace

    A nice set.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

  7. there is something magnificent about the mushrom… something that bends our expectations, and amazes us afresh each time we find one. I enjoyed your pictures.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    • Thank you, Shimon, for this lovely comment. You’ve captured exactly what I find so wonderful about mushrooms. Indeed, they are amazing! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post.

      June 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

  8. I feel honored. I especially love the 8th one. He is very whimsical. Makes me think of an umbrella getting blown in the wind. Go, Poupie, go!

    June 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    • Poupie!!! I like that 8th one, too. And you’re seeing it exactly as I do! It DOES look like a little umbrella in the wind. πŸ˜€ I think the fact that it’s out of focus contributes to that image. BISOUS!!!!

      June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  9. paula kellinger

    Everyone makes me think of food. There is a lovely sunny side egg up on a bed of seaweed, roasted cauliflower – Japanese keratin style – and a lovely dessert in the last image.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    • Peeks! Your comment makes me very happy. I can’t wait to go back through these images with your vision in mind. Thank you so much for your comment!

      June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  10. I love the great variety of shapes and colors that can be found in mushrooms.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  11. Nice shots. I did not even know you get such a big variety of Mushrooms.. Thank you for sharing with us all.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    • Hi, Coreen. Thank you so much for your comment about the mushrooms. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my photographs. The more I hunt for them, the more I varieties I find!

      June 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

  12. All beautiful, Melanie…I love your look at the tiny part of life. πŸ™‚

    June 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    • Thank you, Scott. I enjoy sharing it with you!

      June 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

      • You’re most welcome, dear Melanie…and thank you for your little shared treasures.

        June 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  13. myfullresearch

    Nos. 6, 7, 10, & 11 are my preferred in this set of yours.
    Nice week !

    June 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    • Thank you, mfr. As always, I’m very grateful for your feedback. πŸ™‚

      June 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

  14. Oooh! I love that last shot. But the whole series is fantastic.

    June 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    • Thank you, Carissa. I wish I had opened up the depth of field on that last shot a little more, but it’s a fun little group shot. Too bad they were gone when I went back. I’m keeping my eye out for more of those.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:33 am

  15. you have the best access to nature of anyone I know..I think you have something everyday..I love it!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

    • Thank you, Michael. You’re so kind to say that. I’m LOVING your new site. It is really beautiful! Congratulations!

      June 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

      • Thank you again! Were you able to find it on your reader? I am keeping my old site live as it appears if I double post on both sites my old reader followers will be able to click through to the new site. Please let me know how you are finding me as that would offer me lovely insight into if I am succeeding at this or not πŸ™‚

        June 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

        • Rats. Did you just get my reply to you, or did it disappear? I may have accidentally wiped it.

          June 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

          • it is not here 😦 bummer…my email is if you would like to be the first official person to email my new account

            June 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

          • Well, what I was saying is that I AM able to read your blog in my WP reader, but I don’t get notifications of your replies to my comments, so I have to go directly into your blog to interact. Thanks for your email by the way. πŸ™‚

            June 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

          • yeah, since it is not now you would likely have to choose to get the comments, meaning you would get all of them (which is no fun)
            I knew there would be some trade-offs in the transition.

            June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

          • there should now be a little check box for getting responses from me on my blog without getting all the others πŸ™‚

            June 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  16. On se croirait Γ  l’automne. Ici aussi ils commencent Γ  pousser !!!

    June 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  17. You got a lot of variety for a hurried visit with the mushrooms! I love the surprise of finding them in the garden. I don’t have many now that I don’t live at the old house where the mulch was many years old. These are just fascinating.

    June 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

    • Yes, I was ecstatic over the variety. It was a mushroom explosion out there. I even got a few more yesterday. I’m so glad you like these! Thank you.

      June 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

  18. Fantastic collection of shots….I love fungi but haven’t seen half of these ones

    June 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

  19. Absolutely fell in love with the photo number 10!
    Although they all are really beautiful, and I think they all are crisp Melanie!
    Nice set Melanie, thanks for sharing it!

    June 15, 2012 at 4:29 am

  20. Great macros.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  21. Terrific pictures Melanie, fungi make great images. And you’ve even got a centipede in there too!

    June 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  22. Great shots, one and all!

    June 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  23. You are truly an amazing artist with your camera. So awesome!

    June 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    • Thank you so much for such a nice compliment! I appreciate your encouragement.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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