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Gael says:

Like jellyfish!

30th Sep 2012, 00:35

Viv says:

beautiful

30th Sep 2012, 01:17

AngelKaida says:

These are *stunning!* Any idea what this kind is called? (I've found very few good online resources for mushroom identification so far.)

30th Sep 2012, 05:02

Dania says:

Thanks for the HL! :)

Thanks Gael and Viv.

AngelKaida: thank you. I have a local field guide of mushrooms in my area but this wasn't there, so I had to look here. I'm fairly sure it's the little inkcap Coprinopsis lagopus. Look:
"Seen in bright sunlight the intricate beauty of these delicate little inkcaps is quite stunning."
It's true! :)

30th Sep 2012, 11:59

swamprose says:

lovely shots of inkcaps. IT's not easy getting under one for a shot like that last. I was just out on a mushroom foray and have fungus on my mind. This is the one you shouldn't eat if you drink alcohol. I don't think you'd get much to eat as they are so delicate anyway. Nice set of shots.

1st Oct 2012, 13:32

Dania says:

Thanks, swamprose! Yes, it's not easy, but it helped that the bit of soil that one grew in is a little raised in comparison with the rest. I still had to lie down in the floor, but if the soil wasn't slightly raised the camera wouldn't have fitted under the cap.

Didn't know about the alcohol thing, so I looked it up. Looks like the culprit is a chemical named coprine, which has an effect similar to that of disulfiram: acetaldehyde poisoning. Which I guess should feel like an immediate and severe hangover. Do not want. So, thanks, I learned something new! :)

1st Oct 2012, 22:22

mysteritmo says:

Very nice series!

3rd Oct 2012, 19:16

Spiderbaby says:

Jellyfish was what sprang to my mind too! Beautiful shots all of them.

4th Oct 2012, 17:37

MaggieD says:

Lovely, lovely, lovely

4th Oct 2012, 18:10

taniwha says:

I like the top one the most for the wave-like way it seems to swoosh towards me. Also, mouth watering. I wonder if they are edible?

5th Oct 2012, 08:09

What a fantastic series

5th Oct 2012, 20:15

Dania says:

Thanks, everyone.

Taniwha, if they are what I think they are, yes, they are edible. But they block the metabolism of ethanol, so it's not a good idea to eat them if you drank/plan on drinking alcohol within a certain period of time. Also, they are very tiny.

6th Oct 2012, 21:55

They do remind me of jellyfish a little in their shape

7th Oct 2012, 13:57