Flagstaff Part Two
Photographing in the rain can definitely be challenging but my goal this trip was to document Fungi and I knew rain would mean they would be popping up like crazy in the wet forests!
My prediction about the rain being a good thing proved true so I wasn’t disappointed and, in fact, I had a few very exciting first time sightings! I will start with those. The first was Wood Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) – I could hardly believe my eyes!
The second exciting sighting was Pink Slime Mold! I’m fascinated by slime molds so I was especially excited about this find but wouldn’t you know; it started storming just as I found it! I was forced to go back to the car with plans to come back in the morning to photograph it again. Sadly, I couldn’t find it.
MORE SLIME MOLDS! This first composite shows a Slime Mold completely covering some grass. At first glance, I thought these might be eggs of some kind because I knew Slime Mold as a decomposer so I wasn’t expecting it to be on something living. However, my Mycology expert go-to, Erik Nelson, let me know they will get on living things too. Shiver!
Four More Slime Mold Sightings!
(Because of the rain, I only photographed using my Smartphone, Canon Powershot N and my Canon Powershot SX50. Yes…I would have liked a little more detail in a few of the images but considering I also had to hold an umbrella, the tradeoffs were worth it.)
Stay Tuned for More Fungi in my next Post