I bet you thought that you saw everything in that last Karri Forest fungus photo in my previous post, but I bet you didn’t see these little fellow calling out to you, waving his antenna trying to get your attention! 🙂
My wife and I have spent years crawling around the understory of Karri Forests in the south-west of Western Australia. Back in 2000 – 2010 we regularly visited the area every year, amassing quite a collection of orchid and fungus photography. It’s amazing what you find, and you always find something new. People drive, cycle or walk through forests for hours and not see a single interesting thing, but if they just stopped and sat down for 10 minutes in the one spot they would be amazed by how much is within 1 square metre of themselves.
Since 2010 we haven’t done much in the way of macro photography in the Karri Forests, so a recent trip, in the brand new age of modern digital cameras, resulted in some macro fun on level of photographic quality which was significantly hard with film photography in the early 2000’s, but which is now quite achievable. The above two photographs are some nice glowing examples. The fungus appears to glow in it’s surroundings, semi-translucent and brightly coloured almost like a neon sign. And yet you can be assured most people still walk past these.
This photo is taken from John Forrest National Park in the hills of Perth, looking over the Swan Coastal Plain towards Perth. Rain is crossing over the city with dark clouds above.