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 😀 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 couldn’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 it’s stalks and pretty sure that was todays cause, but the yellow one was like a miniature blob – like in the movie!
        These aren’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 🙂

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