from Ann Finkelstein
I just love your photos, Ann. And I am so curious as I have never seen those kind of mushrooms before.
Lovely pictures. I wish both of these would bloom all summer.
Thanks, Natalie and Gina. I was going to use a mushroom close-up as a mystery photo, but no matter how I cropped the pic, it looked fungal.
Dead man's fingers, Xylaria polymorpha. A couple of good fungus sites are RogersMushrooms.com and MushroomExpert.com.This is so weird! The only reason I know this is because a friend just came across them we figured them out.The flowers are lovely; the color on the peony looks super-saturated. Did you do anything different on that photo?
Thanks, Tim. Dead man's fingers! I have some other weird fungi growing on a woodpile. I'll have to look them up. That peony is a very rich pink. Sometimes when I photograph red or dark pink flowers the colors are off, but that time I was lucky. I didn't modify the photo, although I can't remember if I switched the white balance from shade to sun when I started photographing in the front yard.
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