Faerie parasols finally found! [14 photos]

I’ve “walked” over 60km in four days, often negotiating thick, tangled scrub in cold, deep and muddy valley creek-beds, mainly in search of Mycena interrupta – or tiny blue “faerie parasols” – one of my favorite fungi.
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For a sense of scale, here’s a young blue cap beside a 7mm high green bottle cap. Needless to say, they can be difficult to spot growing on their dead and rotting tree host.

Beautiful delicate blue cap with tiny gills and translucent stem are captivating. It looks like many more may be about to emerge here!

This one looks like a perfectly cooked cakey desert! So, what’s inside?

The’s puff-balls burst open and eject their spores, a fine dusty powder.

A brown striped parasole reflecting the sky and if you look carefully … another tiny Mycena interrupta in the bottom left corner!

A family of white fungi growing on the side of a Dicksonia antarctica tree fern.

What have we got here then?

Baby twins!

A moist, brown cap on a very long white stem.

Looks like decaying paws trying to claw their way out of a tree!

A gelatinous translucent fungi with critters on it – including a parasitic tick!

Translucent brown fungi with string fungi.

A variety of great fungi finds only about 1km from my home!

6 thoughts on “Faerie parasols finally found! [14 photos]

    1. Thanks for the comment, I use an Olympus EM1 II with 60mm macro. 10 Images are focus stacked in camera for greater depth of field. It’s taken me a while to dial this lens in to get the best out of it but I love it, nice and sharp at f/4.

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  1. Well it’s excellent as they look so good. Not the overdone focus staking I’ve seen! You can’t even tell. Some of these would go great in a book or magazine.

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    1. Thanks, I’ve learnt more from taking these, I have reduced the focus differential from 6 to 5 for next time as there are patches out of focus in some shots. More noticeable in full res than these cropped versions. It seems to vary depending on how close the focusing distance is.

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  2. Beautiful shots Tas. So much nature beyond our range of view. I enjoy watching the fungi come and go here (unless it is in my lawn), but not so many pretty varieties as in your part of the world. Allan

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