Slime-Mould assortment

(9 images, click to zoom) – I initially found the pretty white fruiting slime-mould below on top of a log. Looking at it on my PC, I messed the photo up – the camera moved – or in hindsight, maybe the slime moved!

I went back the next day and it was completely gone. After looking about, I’m sure the same one had grown and moved into a nook under the log!

On a bike ride, I saw some patches of bright yellow slime-mould beside the track. I went back the next evening, and there was no trace of where I had seen it, but I did find new one’s below.

I don’t know much about the world of slime-moulds, other than it’s blowing my mind! Absolutely amazing stuff. So much variety, some big obvious patches and others only millimetres across.

I didn’t realise while I was taking the photo below until later when I was flicking through the 15 images at different focal points that make up the photo, this slime-mould was moving while I was taking it! I kid you not.

I almost missed the beautifully delicate coral like white colony below, hidden well under a log. I had “fun” trying to get the camera at a suitable angle.

These ones below looked like tiny oranges growing on a log. The first image shows how the human eye sees them, and the second is a detailed macro.

Lycogala epidendrum, 3 mm

And lastly, a white fur-like slime-mould, possibly pre-fruit body stage.

I hope like me, this post has changed your perception about mould, how strangely beautiful it can be and perhaps gets you looking for it – I certainly never really took much notice of it before. While it doesn’t belong in bathrooms, it definitely has a place in the forest.

Thanks for visiting.

15 thoughts on “Slime-Mould assortment

      1. Hi Morgaine, thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ They are tiny!! Most individual segment are only 1-2mm tall, depending on type. I went there again and the white caviar type had disappeared again and I couldnโ€™t find it. It might have got eaten or went on a road trip, not sure! I found another type too, it was moving too but ai could see an insect wandering around itโ€™s stalks and pretty sure that was todays cause, but the yellow one was like a miniature blob – like in the movie!
        These arenโ€™t plants, fungi or animals, made up of single cells that seem to think, feed and act together, altogether alien!!!

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    1. Hi Jane, thanks for the comment. These slime-mould “fruits” are around 1-3mm high. I use a 60mm macro lens with a magnification of 1:1 – some of these photos are cropped. I also have some extension tubes (totalling 52mm) which allow a closer focal point (lens closer to the subject) increase magnification but decrease light and focusing distance. I will be featuring some closer shots with the tubes in a post or two when I get time to edit them – if the turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

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