Fruits of the Forest

There are a few patches in the bush I check regularly for a reason. I looked again after a night of steady rain and a humid morning, hoping that conditions were right. I was a little disappointed that the three separate patches were empty. Then, not too far after the last one, I spotted this sample among leaf litter just off the track!

Aseroe rubra, past it’s best, they decay pretty quickly and are gone in a few days. I haven’t seen one for a couple of years so was pretty surprised and excited with my find. SURPRISE!

“The first native Australian fungus to be formally described, Aseroe rubra was collected in 1792 in southern Tasmania and named by the French botanist Jacques Labillardière. The scientific name is derived from the Ancient Greek words Asē/αση ‘disgust’ and roē/ροη ‘juice’,[3] and the Latinruber ‘red’.[4][5] It is a member of the stinkhorn family Phallaceae, although has been placed by some mycologists in a separate family Clathraceae. Like them it bears its spores in a brownish slime which smells of faeces or carrion and attracts flies, which spread the spores.”
Source: Wikipedia (turns out they’re not that rare either).

A few more finds from a morning with doggo giving me the come along.

16 thoughts on “Fruits of the Forest

  1. Australia has some of the most interesting flora and fauna ever. This was confirmed for me on a trip there when I walked into my bedroom to find a Huntsman spider on the wall over the bed. “Interesting” was not the first word that popped into my head. Lol Thanks for your beautiful nature posts.

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    1. Ha ha, I don’t like spiders much but I usually catch and release if they’re inside. Today a Huntsman crawled out of the pantry but was in a spot where I couldn’t catch him. I could have squashed him, but he got lucky and I let it be. I just hope he appreciates my kindness and doesn’t sneak up on me when I least expect it!


      1. I always do that too with spiders and other bugs too, catch and release. It’s the kind thing to do, but also practically speaking, there would also be a big mess to clean with a squashed Huntsman.. Yuck! Lol I’m sure he appreciated and will return your kindness.

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    1. Thank you 😊 I try to resist the temptation to oversaturate them because you loose details. These ones are naturally vibrant and I under expose slightly to preserve the highlights which also seems to show the colour better, then brighten them a little in post processing.

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      1. Thank you kindly 😀 I have started writing a general user review on the new OM1 to post soon and will hopefully follow that up with some more focused tutorials/reviews on specific features soon, as time permits. Ahhh, time, there’s simply never enough of it :/

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  2. The vivid colours and all the surrounding detail are awesome! The first fungi almost looks like a crab with extra claws. And the last one like carrots growing upside down. 😀

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  3. I’ve never seen that red one (the first one). Possibly I’ve seen the last one – the creamy coloured one – but the others are so brilliant, I’m sure I would have noticed them. Great photos.

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