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Michelle C. Torres-Grant
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Freelance Photographer; Contract Photographer for Airbnb, Inc. since June 2012
Freelance Photographer; Contract Photographer for Airbnb, Inc. since June 2012

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I didn't realize until I got on my computer that almost all the mushrooms I observed yesterday were covered in yellow granules (how did I not notice?!). I think it was pine tree pollen (see end of photo set). Let me know if you think otherwise. Also, if you have ID suggestions please click on the individual photo before commenting, otherwise it may not be clear which mushroom you're talking about. out to explore the north coast today.......

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Blue Suede Mushroom

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Inspired and encouraged by @damon_tighe, this was my first attempt at photographing the bioluminescence of Western Jack-O-Lantern (Omphalotus olivascens) mushrooms. The pink glow was caused by the red glow of a light on my camera. Next time I'll cover it with black tape, although I somewhat like the red glow. Also, this was a day old specimen picked by a friend and used in his mushroom lecture that day. I will look for some fresh specimens and try this again. Clockwise starting from the upper left corner: ISO 200, 100mm, f/11, 10 seconds, then ISO 3200 100mm f/2.8 121, 301, and 232 sec.
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All of the shooting stars I'm posting from this day were growing in the same patch within about 10 feet of each other. I believe they're all color variations within the same species.

Duna Vista Loop trail, Lopez Lake, San Luis Obispo co., California, USA
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In the age of the Internet this applies to almost any business! --> "Photographs are the single most important factor for marketing a vacation property" #photography #biz #Airbnb #travel #RealEstate #SLO #CentralCoast http://goo.gl/zHvg59
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Hygrophorus roseibrunneus can have quite variable shaped caps that tend to upturn as they age. They are visicd, are colored brown with a pinkish tint, have blush/pink coloring on the edges (see detail shots). The texture of the cap and gills are waxy. Their stipes are white. The odor & taste of this mushroom is mild. I found this group of mushrooms growing in a fairy ring in my backyard under Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) with which it is mycorrhizal. One of the specimens had what is called a "Rosette" on its cap (looks like misplaced gill tissue - again, see the detail shots). I have not read why this sometimes happens during the development of the mushroom.

Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo county, California

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Place of My #Dreams

When I was a little girl I had this recurring dream that I was a passenger in a car that was driving down a winding road through a woodland with twisting, gnarly, arching tree branches over the road. Although dark and somewhat gloomy it wasn't a scary place; instead it had a magical, mystical ambiance. When I first saw this place, a coastal canyon inland from Avila Beach, California, I was amazed to see the place of my dreams come to life. Who knows what the future will bring, but for now this is home.
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Marasmius plicatulus

Habitat: oak woodland
Substrate: duff
Cap: 2 cm w x 1.5 cm h, hemispherical, glabrous, texture like fine velvet, burgundy, .75 cm striations at the margin
Gills: free, creamy white
Stipe: burgundy (same as cap), wiry & stiff, not as delicate as it looked
Spores: ? (waiting)
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