Little tiny yellow fungi coming up in my herb pot.

These get to be quite a decent size (about the same size as a large button mushroom) eventually.

Hand-held, two strobes: Vivitar 285HV camera right at 1/8th power, 105mm zoom, pointing downwards at about a 45 degree angle. Canon 188A Speedlite nestled in the pot quite close and slightly behind subject, camera left at 1/3 power (roughly).

View all photos taken: Thursday, 14th February 2008, This photo: 12:48pm

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  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    From the thumbnail I thought "what on earth is that?!?!"", so of course I had to have a closer look. :) subject....
    Accessed through FlickrFox. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes, it's a bit like that ;-) Lea mentioned the mushrooms in the pot, so I figured I'd go out and have a crack at them, only to find they were still quite small (not that small is an issue at the moment). They do have a certain shape about them though...
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Fun-guy lol. Yes, agreed interesting shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    See now I wasn't going there... ;-)
  • -Bennie- said:
    You're most 'definitely' getting the hang of it mate!!!! Top shot

    The texture on the errrrr. 'knob' is almost microscopic like...

    re: 'See now i wasn't going there'
    yep.......... you can say that but .... errrrrrrr. everyone's thinking it though! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Obviously phallicism is just too interesting to go unnoticed ;-)
  • said:
    I'm enjoying your macro work. I've found taking macro photos to be most addictive - watch out.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Michelle. Macro is definitely handy for those days when it's too moist to go outside.
  • Eng Yeap said:
    what is the size of the "knob" ?
  • David de Groot said:
    I've added dimensions as notes :) (I'm assuming it hasn't grown appreciably in the last 3.5 hours)
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Oh dear. And I've just watched "The Libertine"!

    Looks like a stamen, so to speak.
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe, much to my relief, Kara saw it and said it looked like a flower bud. :)
  • looby88 said:
    edible or not, thought I'd just put a different slant on things, you would need quite a few to make a difference if they are though ! Moss is good close up, as is lichen, tree bark,. Most things actually are interesting. I've taken photos of the inside of flowers- and found there to be lots of little insects that I couldnt even see- I dont even have a true macro. That was with the S2, so along time ago !
  • Panorama Paul said:
    All mushrooms are edible... some of them only once!
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! you know what I meant !!!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Well my fungi identification skills are somewhat lacking so I'm not sure if you'd want to risk trying to eat these. They eventually get big enough to look like a normal mushroom, only yellow, but I'm thinking they're yellow for a reason.

    The S2 did some wonderful macros, you just had to be really really close to your subject, and unfortunately it didn't have a way to fire external flashes.

  • Niko1900 said:
    Roll Over Sigmund Freud!
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    i saw the thumbnail and thought "dave's totally lost it"...
  • rumblemumbles said:
    hahahahahaha I was thinking to myself...uuugggh no I don't think so! And then I clicked through and everyone else already said what i was thinking. ANYWAY i like the texture on the top -looks kinda like wet velvet.
  • David de Groot said:

    No, no, I know exactly where it is!

    Who'd have thought an innocent little mushroom could garner so much attention ;-)
  • Louise. said:
    It's somewhat attention seeking to be uploading that sort of thing David.

    Oh, my mistake.

  • David de Groot said:
    Funny how everyone's mind goes along the same lines (well the adults anyway).
  • Louise. said:
    A Valentines funghi for our viewing pleasure.
  • David de Groot said:
    Along those lines, I realised the placement of the Valentine Pizza diptych on my stream probably isn't fantastic in relation to this photo...
  • leadegroot said:
    I saw it in the pot this morning, when I was watering, and mentioned it to The Macro Fiend as a possible good shot - but it was only when I saw it on the monitor that I realised how it might be... interpreted. Caught me totally by surprise.

    (Of course, he went with it anyway!)
  • Meremail said:
    David, I don't think this mushroom is too innocent
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh I'm sure the mushroom itself hasn't had a devious thought in all it's existence ;-)
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    phallic symbol? mushrooms in the pot? where's the musical reference to complete the drugs sex and rock'n'roll trilogy :-p.

    nice shot, i have a photo of the exact type of mushy i believe, was also growing in a pot (indoor plant).
  • David de Groot said:
    I was trying to think of a set of lyrics to do with mushrooms, but nothing came up.
  • looby88 said:
    white rabbit by. Jefferson Airplane makes a very small mention of mushrooms, I am always a bit confused by that track though, they mention a pill making you smaller or larger , yet in Alice in Wonderland I am sure its a mushroom. One side makes you tall, the other small....

    Ever read that book about magic mushrooms- Don Juan -something or other... very strange. I"ve read some strange books when a student- the Gormenghast triliogies for one !

    Eminen did some so did Ben Taylor, actually quite a few did songs with mushrooms in !

    I would just like to add for the record I have never taken any magic mushrooms, I keep to the field or button type with the odd shittake thrown in !!
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Okay, here's a mushroom song for y'all...

    Now everybody knows that engineers are lazy slobs
    They dress in dirty T-shirts and complain about their jobs
    But Management has found a way to make them toe the mark:
    You feed them bits of bullshit, and you keep them in the dark!
    because they're

    Mushrooms, Mushrooms, keep them in the dark
    Mushrooms, Mushrooms, I heard the boss remark
    You feed them bits of bullshit til they can't take any more
    When they stick their heads up cut them off and
    ship them out the door

    An engineer told his manager, ``This project is the pits,
    A stinking crock of horse manure that gives me nausious fits,''
    The manager went to his boss and passed the word along,
    ``It's a pot of fertilizer and its smell is awfully strong.''
    It comes from...

    The word it traveled quickly 'til it reached the CEO,
    The VP told him gladly "This is stuff that makes things grow,
    It's packaged in ceramic and it's very strong indeed;
    I think that you'll agree that it's exactly what we need."
    It's made with...

    The CEO went to the board and said to them, ``You know,
    This substance has the power to make our business grow!''
    They had the news that evening on the business TV shows:
    ``The company is growing and it's smelling like a rose!''
    They're growing...

    The engineer he heard the news and muttered, "It's a crime
    How other guys get all the nifty projects all the time.
    We have a real disaster here that just won't go away
    'Cause noone ever listens to a single word we say!
    Because we're...


    We all are...
  • Panorama Paul said:
    I believe that the book that Looby88 mentioned was by Carlos Castaneda...

    Carlos Castaneda (died April 27, 1998) was a Peruvian- or Brazilian-born American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in traditional Mesoamerican shamanism. His 12 books have sold more than 8 million copies in 17 languages. The books, and Castaneda, who rarely spoke in public about his work, have been controversial for many years. Supporters claim the books are either true or at least valuable works of philosophy and descriptions of practices which enable an increased awareness. Academic critics claim the books are works of fiction, citing the books' internal contradictions, discrepancies between the books and anthropological data, alternate sources for Castaneda's detailed knowledge of shamanic practices, and lack of corroborating evidence. (In some places in his books Castaneda even claims himself his experiences will never be verifiable or even real as we would experience it.)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    What did we do before Google...?
  • David de Groot said:
    Obviously I didn't look hard enough :-P

    We read things like Earthsea, 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies and some others that obviously weren't memorable enough for me.

    I've heard that mushroom tale as a joke but never as a song - sounds like something "They Might be Giants" would record.

    I've not read any Castaneda either, but have heard of Don Juan.

    As for pre-google, we consulted trivia nerds or used an encyclopaedia. :)
  • looby88 said:
    Thats him, very strange indeed, I was about 18 at the time, I read another book- Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance, I just remembered that too ! I've actually turned out ok, in spite of my earlier reading habits ! This is where I await a wise crack from Mr. de Groot.....

    Ta Paul !
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (Robert Pirzig - 1975) has got to be my ALL TIME favourite book... and one of only a few books that had such a profound effect on me that it changed my life!!
  • David de Groot said:
    What me ? :-P

    I've got my Grandfather's copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance lying around here but have not yet read it.
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Totally agree with Paul, Zen is one of the best books I've read. Just brilliant. I thoroughly recommend it David.

    Got me looking for books Plato wrote so I can read all about Phaedrus.
    And what is good, Phædrus,
    And what is not good...
    Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?
    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Obviously I'm going to have to dig up my copy for a read. :)

    I've not read any Plato, read some Aristotle at one stage, and a few dead Roman's.
  • artland said:
    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to: